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Rich Fields

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Is it Facebook’s perceived political bias, or the lack of user privacy (in the wake of the recent Russian tampering) that has changed user’s minds? We may never know. But according to a recent Pew study millennials are leaving Facebook in mass, in favor of other sites like YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat.

Only 51% of U.S. teens use Facebook any more, which is a 20% drop since 2015, when the US-based Pew Research Center last surveyed teens’ social media habits.

95% of those aged 13 to 17 own or have access to a smartphone, with 45% of teens saying that they are online on a near-constant basis.

YouTube has stolen Facebook’s dominance over teens, with 85% of them preferring the video-sharing platform. Second and third top social media services among teens are now Instagram at 72% and Snapchat at 69%.

The numbers of teens who use Twitter (32%) and Tumblr (14%) are largely unchanged compared to the results found in 2015. While Facebook may have lost its reign among the teenage demographic to Google-owned YouTube, it has owned the rising favorite Instagram, a photo and video-sharing networking service, since 2012.

Rich Fields is a veteran radio broadcaster who is best known for having been the Announcer on the Price is Right. He is also an Emmy Award winning Meteorologist .