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Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015

Abstract

"24 percent of teens go online 'almost constantly,' facilitated by the widespread availability of smartphones. Aided by the convenience and constant access provided by mobile devices, especially smartphones, 92 percent of teens report going online daily -- including 24 percent who say they go online almost constantly, according to a new study from Pew Research Center. More than half (56 percent) of teens -- defined in this report as those ages 13 to 17 -- go online several times a day, and 12 percent report once-a-day use. Just 6 percent of teens report going online weekly, and 2 percent go online less often. Some key findings:

-- Facebook is the most popular and frequently used social media platform among teens; half of teens use Instagram, and nearly as many use Snapchat

-- 71 percent of teens use more than one social network site
Middle and upper income teens lean toward Instagram and Snapchat
Smartphones facilitate shifts in teens communication and information landscape

-- Girls dominate social media; boys are more likely to play video games"

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