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American Teens Prefer Communicating Over Text to Face-to-Face Meetings, says Study

The study was conducted online among American with a sample of 1,141 young people ages 13 to 17, from March 22 to April 10

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American teenagers are starting to prefer communicating via text instead of meeting face-to-face, according to a study published Monday by the independent organization Common Sense Media.

Some 35 percent of kids aged 13 to 17 years old said they would rather send a text than meet up with people, which received 32 percent.

The last time the media and technology-focused nonprofit conducted such a survey in 2012, meeting face-to-face hit 49 percent, far ahead of texting’s 33 percent.

More than two-thirds of American teens choose remote communication — including texting, social media, video conversation and phone conversation — when they can, according to the study.

In 2012 less than half of them marked a similar preference.

Notably, in the six-year span between the two studies the proportion of 13- to 17-year-olds with their own smartphone increased from 41 to 89 percent.

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Customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco, California, Sept. 22, 2017. (VOA)

As for social networks, 81 percent of respondents said online exchange is part of their lives, with 32 percent calling it “extremely” or “very” important.

The most-used platform for this age group is Snapchat (63 percent), followed by Instagram (61 percent) and Facebook (43 percent).

Some 54 percent of the teens who use social networks said it steals attention away from those in their physical presence.

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Two-fifths of them said time spent on social media prevents them from spending more time with friends in person.

The study was conducted online among American with a sample of 1,141 young people ages 13 to 17, from March 22 to April 10. (VOA)

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Teenagers Choose Snapchat Over Other Social Networking Platforms, finds Study

Snapchat will continue to add users aged 12 to 17, while Facebook will continue to lose users in that cohort

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Teenagers prefer Snapchat over Facebook, Instagram: Study. Pixabay

Photo-messaging app Snapchat is the most preferred social networking platform among US teenagers, surpassing the userbase of Facebook and Instagram in that age-category, says a new study.

In 2018, 16.4 million 12 to 17 year-olds are likely to use Snapchat, comapred with 12.8 million for Instagram, according to the analysis by market research company eMarketer.

Snapchat will remain dominant among teenagers till 2022, the report said.

“Snapchat and Instagram are the top social apps for teens, and this year they’ll add nearly the same number of new teen users,” the report quoted Christopher Bendtsen, Senior Forecasting Analyst, eMarketer as saying.

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Snapchat on a smartphone device. Pixabay

“Snapchat will continue to add users aged 12 to 17, while Facebook will continue to lose users in that cohort. In fact, we estimate Snapchat will add 1.2 million new users in that age group by 2022, while Facebook will lose 2.2 million,” the report said.

This year, 11.5 million people in the US ages 12 to 17 will be on Facebook, down from 12.1 million in 2017. By 2022, the number of Facebook users in that age bracket will drop to 9.3 million, it added.

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However, Facebook continues to be the most used social networking app among US millennials, with 58.5 million users expected to use the platform this year followed by Instagram ranking second with 43.3 million expected users, according to the research. (IANS)