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YouTube is still the most popular social media platform in the U.S. in 2021, and Facebook ranks second

A report from the Pew Research Center shows that YouTube’s usage rate in the United States is about 81%, making it the most popular social media platform in the United States in 2021. Following the video sharing platform is Facebook. 69% of the population participating in the survey conducted from January 25 to February 8, 2021 used Facebook. The survey also highlighted that “approximately seven-sevenths of Americans” are still using social networks. Media platforms, despite the controversy and negative public sentiment towards social media in all aspects.

According to a report entitled “Social Media Usage” released by the Pew Research Center in 2021, 81% of users surveyed use YouTube, compared with 73% in 2019. Followed by Facebook at 69%. Facebook-owned Instagram ranks third with 40% popularity. 31% of respondents use Pinterest, and 28% of participants said they use LinkedIn, an online employment-oriented service.

“A quarter of people say they use Snapchat, and similar stocks are reported to be users of Twitter or WhatsApp. The report states that 21% of Americans use TikTok (an app for sharing short videos), and 13% Of people say they use Nextdoor, a community-centric platform.

In terms of growth, apart from YouTube, Reddit is the only platform with statistically significant growth-from 11% in 2019 to 18% this year. The report said: “Similarly, since 2019, the respective shares of Americans who report using Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Twitter and WhatsApp have not changed statistically.” This shows the speed of most of these websites and apps. The adoption rate has slowed down. In addition, the report also stated that Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok have strong followers among young people.

69% of Americans use Facebook
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The report also provides a breakdown of social media platform usage by age. The report emphasizes: “About 84% of adults aged 18-29 said they have used any social media site, which is similar to the proportion (81%) of adults aged 30-49.” Below, 73% of adults between the ages of 50 and 64 said they use social media sites, and about 45% of adults over 65 said they use social media sites.

Most people aged 18 to 29 said they use Instagram (71%) or Snapchat (65%), and “about half” said the same to TikTok. The report also shows a sharp contrast in the use of social media sites. For example, while 65% of adults aged 18 to 29 said they use Snapchat, only 2% of participants aged 65 and over reported using the app.

Take YouTube as an example. 95% of people between the ages of 18 and 29 say they use a video platform. For users aged 30 to 49, this figure is 91%; for adults aged 50 to 64, this figure is 83%; for users over 65, this figure is 49%. When it comes to Facebook, 70% of respondents aged 18 to 29 said they are using the platform. In addition, 77% of users between 30 and 49 years old, 73% of users between 50 and 64 years old, and about 36% of users over 65 years old said they use social media platform.


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