US teenagers love Instagram, Snapchat more than Facebook
“Understanding how teenagers use devices like tablets, desktops and laptops may seem like old news,” said Amanda Lenhart, a co-author.
“But the varying degrees of access of different groups to these platforms have implications for education and future facility with tech tools, including those needed for the workplace,” added Lenhart, who is also a senior research scientist at The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
While almost all teenagers — 91 per cent — use the regular text messaging tool on their mobile phones, 40 per cent of them also use messaging applications like Kik, WhatsApp or Line on a smartphone.
“About 47 per cent of teens use Twitter, fewer than 30 per cent of them use Tumblr, Twitch or LinkedIn,” the survey found.
It was also highlighted that tablet access has surpassed the use of desktop computers among American teenagers, with 54 per cent of youth having access to a desktop, compared with 68 per cent of them having access to a tablet computer.
Laptops (80 per cent) and smartphones (89 per cent) are the most common devices that teenagers use to access the internet.