What applications are teen really using? I suspect that I'm not asking about or following the ones that they really use.
For the ~ 300 million U.S. Internet users in the U.S. (85% of us), social networking sites, platforms and apps are the most popular modes of engagement on the Web. Specifically, YouTube has emerged as the most popular website and app for online content consumption. Following YouTube closely was Gmail, the second most popular platform used on the internet and app.
The most popular mobile apps, however, are (in order) Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook.
Online teens largely experience the online world through their use of smartphones, and their use of Snapchat (66%) and Instagram (65%) now surpasses their use of Facebook (61%). More than half (52%) of the teens surveyed reported using KiK Messenger.
Most Popular Websites & Apps Among Teens in the US*
52%: Kik Messenger
National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) study of online safety attitudes and behaviors, Keeping Up with Generation App: NCSA Parent/Teen Online Safety Survey at https://staysafeonline.org/download/datasets/19792/Keeping_Up_With_Gener..., was released on Aug. 24, 2016. The U.S.-based survey, interviewed 804 online teens between the ages of 13 and 17 and a separate sample of 810 online parents about the complex relationship between American teens and parents.