Boys and girls are equally likely to report using the platform, but older users ages 15 to 17 are more likely to use it than younger users 13 to 14.
Among Facebook-using teens, the typical teen has 145 Facebook friends.
Among Facebook users, the vast majority of parents (83%) say they’re “Facebook friends” with their teenager.
While most teen Facebook users (85%) say their parents see the same content as everyone else, 5% say they’ve adjusted privacy settings to limit what their parents can see.
Snapchat is another relatively new photo and video focused sharing app that teens have embraced in the last two and half years.
Two-in-five American teens (41%) use Snapchat to share images and videos that are then automatically deleted within a predetermined amount of time — usually a few seconds.
That said, there are ways to capture these images and videos without them being deleted.
Older girls are the most likely of any teen group to use to service, with 56% using Snapchat.
More than half (52%) of all teens report using Instagram to share photos and video with friends, with girls substantially more likely to use it than boys (61% to 44%).
The typical American teen who uses Instagram has 150 followers in their network.
90% of teens with phones exchange texts.
A typical teen sends and receives 30 texts per day.
Teens don’t always use the texting system through telephone companies. Some 73% of teens have access to smartphones and among them messaging apps like Kik or WhatsApp have caught on.
Girls are also a bit more likely than boys to use messaging apps.
A third (33%) of all teens use Twitter.
A third of all parents whose teen uses Twitter say they “follow” their teenager on that platform
Among teens who use Twitter, the typical Twitter user has 95 followers — though 44% of teen Twitterers are not sure how many followers they have.
Overall, the majority of teens (58%) have obscured the content they share on social media in general, using inside jokes or other coded messages that only certain friends can understand.
Source: Pew Research Center
Youth internet use infographic
Where Is Your Child Spending Time Online infographic (.pdf).