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      Teens leaving Facebook as Instagram and




      Snapchat takes control                                                                                                   N N N N N  BENJAMIN DE
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       Social media has in recent years experienced a considerable shift in preferences when it comes to teenagers. Facebook,
       which is the most popular social media application, is now losing users at a high rate and has been overtaken by platforms

       such as Instagram and Snapchat in many Western nations.
                                                                                                        Facebook from being the  one I actually use the
                                                                                                        most popular social media  most.”
                                                                                                        platform in the country.  Tayla Larkin-Donnellan
                                                                                                        Repeated research also  (15), also from Lagos, is
                                                                                                        shows social media is   also a Snapchat fan: “I use
                                                                                                        thought of to be used   snapchat to talk to friends
                                                                                                        mostly by 12 to 17 year olds  and it’s also my favourite
                                                                                                        and one argument for    social media platform, I still
                                                                                                        Facebook maintaining    use Facebook, but not with
                                                                                                        high numbers that dormant  the same frequency I used
                                                                                                        accounts are not deleted,  to, as Instagram was also
                                                                                                        nor are those which are  created along with
                                                                                                        used infrequently.      Snapchat.”
                                                                                                        Another social media    These views were
                                                                                                        platform that is growing in  substantiated in research
                                                                                                        popularity bigger is Twitter.  released earlier this month
                                                                                                        Louis Hall Maurício (15)  by the Pew Research
                                                                                                        from Portimão said in   Center, which said
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                                                                                                        that “Snapchat is my    favour of other social
                                                                                                        favourite social media  media platforms such as
                                                                                                        platform as I also use it to  Snapchat and Instagram.
                                                                                                        contact friends. However,  Researchers found that
                                                                                                        recently I’ve been using  just 51 percent of US
                                                                                                        Twitter much more       individuals aged 13 to 17
                                                                                                        frequently as I find many  say they use Facebook,
                                                                                                        humourous memes”. He    down from 71 percent just
                                                                                                        did however say Twitter  three years ago.
      Teenagers are ditching Facebook in their thousands as they move towards social media platforms such as Instagram
      Teenagers are ditching Facebook in their thousands as they move towards social media platforms such as Instagram
      Teenagers are ditching Facebook in their thousands as they move towards social media platforms such as Instagram
      Teenagers are ditching Facebook in their thousands as they move towards social media platforms such as Instagram
      Teenagers are ditching Facebook in their thousands as they move towards social media platforms such as Instagram
      and Snapchat.
      and Snapchat.
      and Snapchat.
      and Snapchat.
      and Snapchat.                                                                                     was set up differently to  According to the study,
                                                                                                        other mainstream        whose findings were
                                                                                                        platforms, making it harder  published in the Gaurdian,
             ast year, Facebook  million increase.     altogether.              have reported           for some teens to use.  Facebook use was “notably
             saw global users  While Snapchat has      Instagram is also getting  disappointment with the  Xenia Chudinova (15) from  lower” than the percentage
             drop by around 1.4  increased its users, an  much more use compared  update.               Lagos, says she thinks  of teens who said they used
      Lmillion. This year,     update that took place  to Snapchat. A total of 500  Facebook, however, still  Snapchat is currently the  YouTube (85 percent),
      the social media platform,  earlier this year, which  million of daily users use  leads as the most used  best platform:  “Snapchat is  Instagram (72 percent) or
      which remains hugely     changed settings and    Instagram and fewer than  social media network in  my favourite social media  Snapchat (69 percent). In
      popular in developing    making it more          half of those (around 200  Portugal. Surprisingly, the  platform and my favourite  the 2015 study, just 52
      countries, is forecast to  complicated to use, led to  million) use Snapchat. The  amount of teenagers who  way of contacting others,  percent of teens said they
      report a 2.1 million plunge  many younger users  Snapchat update was      have started using      it’s also the platform I’ve  used Instagram, while 41
      in numbers, while        moving to Instagram, while  made to attract other types  Instagram and Snapchat  started to use more of  percent said they used
      Snapchat can expect a 1.9  some even quit Snapchat  of users, but existing ones  more, has not stopped  recently and probably the  Snapchat.
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