Findings from a new Pew Research Center survey on America’s social media use make 2 things clear:
- Older folks have a thing for Mark Zuckerberg (50% of Americans 65+ are on Facebook)
- America is obsessed with YouTube
The video site towers over the social platforms
Among US adults, 81% report using YouTube, up 8% year-over-year.
YouTube was the only platform other than Reddit that saw significant growth since 2019. (This is Pew’s first such survey that includes TikTok).
For comparison — close your ears, Zuck — 69% of adults reported using Facebook, whose growth in the US has been static since 2016.
Young people are online (obviously), but so are older folks
18-29 year-olds hold the title for highest percentage of users across Snapchat (65%), Instagram (71%), YouTube (95%), Twitter (42%), and TikTok (48%) — no surprise there.
Still, a respectable 50% of Americans in the 65+ age bracket report using Facebook and 49% use YouTube.
Demographic factors also play a role:
- Pinterest is used by 46% of women but just 16% of men
- Instagram is used by 52% of Hispanic Americans, 49% of Black Americans, and 35% of white Americans
- WhatsApp is used by 46% of Hispanic Americans, but just 23% of Black Americans, and 16% of white Americans
- LinkedIn is used by 51% of adults with bachelor’s or advanced degrees, but by only 10% of those with a high school diploma or less
Platforms that never quite caught on with those 65+ include Snapchat (2%), Twitter (7%), and TikTok (4%).
We, for one, would drop stacks to meet TikTok creators in the 65+ age bracket.