Remember how two years ago everyone was saying "the kids don't use Facebook anymore because it's uncool and their moms are on there?" Well, it turns out that isn't really the case, at least yet. According to old-school polling org Pew Research, who just did a new survey about the internet habits of teens, Facebook still dominates with 71 percent of kids 13 to 17 saying they use it. Sure, their social media attention spans have been spread thinner in recent years, and only 41 percent say it's their "most visited site." But it's still killing Twitter and Snapchat in terms of overall use.
As Re/Code points out, the second most used site/app is Instagram, with 52 percent reporting usage, and of course Facebook owns that too. So when it comes to penetrating the teen market, Facebook is still killing it even if teens probably aren't using Facebook messenger for fear that their grandmother will see them on there and start sending messages in all caps.
And sadly for Twitter, they're on par with Google+, tying for fourth place with 33 percent of teens reporting using either.
24 percent of teens report going online "almost constantly" via a smartphone, and three quarters of teens overall either have or have access to a smartphone.
Back in 2013, partly via a few tech CEOs like Josh Miller of Branch who asked his 15-year-old sister if she used Facebook, the tech industry starting rumbling that Facebook could be doomed because they were losing the kids. But between the purchases of Instagram and WhatsApp, they've held onto their market share pretty solidly it looks like even though the last time Pew did this survey, which was via phone and therefore not completely comparable, they had 77 percent of teens using Facebook, so it's possible there's been a decline.
And perhaps Facebook's many privacy filter options which teens can easily navigate and most adults are still trying to figure out have helped to keep the kids using the site to share dick jokes with friends without their grandmother ever knowing.