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You may hate Facebook but it’s still the future of social networks

Published Jun 24th, 2014 7:15PM EDT
Facebook Vs. Snapchat Daily Usage

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Some people would like you to think that Facebook has a “teenager” problem. You shouldn’t listen to them. VentureBeat directs our attention to a new study conducted by curator startup Niche, which surveyed roughly 7,000 teenagers and found 61% of them used Facebook on a daily basis, more than any other social networking service.

YouTube was the second-most used app among teenagers, as 55% said they used it daily, followed by the Facebook-owned Instagram at 51%. The popular Snapchat, which some analysts have said poses a potential threat to Facebook when it comes to usage among teens, is used daily by 46% of teenagers.

What this means is that, despite dire predictions that Facebook will disappear over the next few years, the company’s place as the top social networking firm seems secure. Even if people stop using Facebook proper as much as they do now, the company still has both the hugely popular Instagram and WhatsApp to lean on. So while Facebook may not get the same high marks for customer satisfaction that Apple and Google get, there’s little danger of the company falling apart anytime soon.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.


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