Social networks are constantly evolving. Gone are the days when myspace managed the network. Now almost everyone is mobile, and more than 95 percent of teenagers have a mobile phone. Exchange photographs and video in real time is a trend that worries young people the most.

Facebook has admitted that it struggles to keep its young users engaged and excited despite once being the ideal social network for young people.

So, where should the younger generation go? Of course, they are already connected to their phones and tablets, so they take full advantage of the most popular social media and messenger apps on the market. In early 2018, the top three social apps used by teens were YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat. Children flock to them by the thousands every month.

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YouTube

Three iOS screens on YouTube
What we like
  • Huge variety of topics.

  • Countless videos.

  • You can add comments and reviews to videos.

  • You can save the video to a watchlist for later viewing.

What we don’t like
  • Many videos have ads.

  • YouTube has problems with comments and child predators.

  • There is no way to really filter out unwanted video topics.

You might think that YouTube will be the grandfather of this group, but you are wrong. YouTube is very popular with teenagers and teens, who visit it at a rate that has almost doubled in the last three years. YouTube has added a strong influence and vlogger base to what used to be a mostly passive content consumption site, and teens love it.

In 2018, YouTube became the most popular social app among American teenagers aged 13 to 18.

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snapchat

Three IOS Screens for Snapchat
What we like
  • Simple interface

  • You can take photos or videos.

  • Share your photos with friends or the public.

  • Funny avatars created with Bitmoji.

  • More real-time communication.

  • Lots of filters and lenses make chatting fun.

What we don’t like
  • When using location, can be intrusive.

  • Ads are displayed in the Discover app part.

  • Only available on mobile.

Snapchat is a popular private messaging app known for photos and short videos that are automatically deleted after being viewed. For teens, this «self-destruct» feature is a big part of what makes Snapchat so compelling, encouraging them to interact more often in the knowledge that all their previous snaps will be gone.

Snapchat is not just a media sharing app. You can even use it to send money to my friends.

Privacy, sex and saving screenshots created some problems for Snapchat, but it remains one of the most popular apps for teens.

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Instagram

Three iOS screens for Instagram
What we like
  • Great place to share photos and videos.

  • Easily post photos and videos.

  • You can edit images and add filters for visual effects.

  • Fewer ads than her peers.

What we don’t like
  • Quite a lot of spam/illegal accounts.

  • Unable to post clickable URLs.

Facebook may have ruled social photo sharing on the web, but Instagram may have ruled it on mobile devices. While it doesn’t openly share how many of its users are teenagers, it’s not that hard to see this mobile social platform filled with them. All you have to do is look at the pictures on home screen or search in some popular hashtags, to understand how young Instagram’s dominant demographic is.

You can connect to your Instagram account through a computer, Android, or iOS device.

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whatsapp

Three WhatsApp screens on iOS
What we like
  • End-to-end encryption.

  • You can edit your photos with clipart, filters, and more.

  • The app allows you to use two different accounts on Android.

What we don’t like
  • To use WhatsApp, the application needs the participation of all parties.

  • Earlier versions were prone to crashes.

Many children still use facebook messenger to contact your friends, but Facebook also has another messaging app called WhatsApp.

WhatsApp had over a million monthly active users at the end of 2017, and they don’t just use the text messaging feature. WhatsApp also allows you to post status updates, send videos, share your location, and make voice and video calls over the Internet. The platform is completely isolated from Facebook, so teens don’t have to worry about two matches.

WhatsApp is compatible with Android phones, iPhones, Macs and Windows computers.

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Kik

Three Screens of iOS Kik
What we like
  • You can join public chat groups on various topics.

  • Search GIFs, stickers and more.

  • Free additional emoticons are available for download.

  • You can even create and submit your own memes.

What we don’t like
  • No moderation in public groups.

  • Messages can be slow to send.

Like whatsapp, Kik has become an insanely popular messaging app for teenagers. It’s just one of the other fast and intuitive messaging apps used as an alternative to SMS text messages that only require a username and not a phone number.

If you look at Instagram, you will notice that many profiles have Kik usernames in their bio so that other Instagrammers can contact them privately.

Kik works with Android, iOS, Amazon and Microsoft mobile devices.

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telegram

Three iOS Screens by Telegram
What we like
  • Available on various platforms.

  • Encrypts your messages.

  • Without advertising.

What we don’t like
  • You need to wait two minutes to receive the SMS code when you start.

  • There may be problems when checking a new phone.

  • Numerous reports of long delays in gaining access to the application.

Telegram is interesting because it does so much more than regular texting apps and it’s completely free with no ads.

All texts and phone calls are encrypted with Telegram and you can send absolutely any type of file — even large ones up to 1.5 GB. This is unique to most messaging apps that support image and video files.

Messages are synced across all supported devices because messages and files are stored in the cloud. You can delete texts at any time and create secret chats that dissolve messages on a timer. You can also reach out to 5,000 closest friends in a single group message.

Telegram is available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows PC, Mac and Linux. The web version allows you to access Telegram from any computer without installing software.

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twitter

Three iOS screens for Twitter
What we like
  • Instant gratification of news or entertainment information.

  • You can choose between the most popular tweets or tweets as they appear.

  • Many famous people use the app which makes for an interesting read.

  • A great way to interact with your favorite TV shows is through Tweet Chat.

What we don’t like
  • Your tweets can easily get lost in the shuffle.

  • Tweets still have character restrictions.

  • It’s hard to keep up with the feed if you’re following many people.

Teenagers liked the microblogging social network Twitter, which is the center of news in real time and allows you to chat with famous people and celebrities. Because Twitter is so easy to use from a mobile device, it’s convenient to access, but it’s the visual component of embedded media like photos, articles, and videos in tweets that most teens are drawn to.

Users can log into Twitter from their computer, phone, or tablet. See all the ways you can use Twitter on its apps page.

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Tumblr

Three iOS screens from the Tumblr app
What we like
  • You can post blogs, videos, photos, and even animated GIFs.

  • Express yourself freely with blog-like posts.

  • Suggested posts will help you find content related to what you just liked.

  • Little to no ads.

What we don’t like
  • There have been issues with adult content in the past.

  • Tumblr has had several complaints about censorship.

  • It is difficult to construct the following.

Tumblr is one of the most popular blogging platforms on the internet and many teenagers have admitted to trading on their Facebook accounts for a Tumblr blog instead.

Like Snapchat and Instagram, Tumblr is largely dominated by visual content and has become a popular platform for sharing animated GIFs . While it allows users to create blog posts in all sorts of formats, including text, audio, quotes, and dialogue, it’s the visual content that justifies the time spent on Tumblr.

Tumblr can be downloaded on Android and iOS. It also works through a web browser.

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ASKfm

Three Screens of the Ask.fm iOS App
What we like
  • An interesting way to get to know someone.

  • I can ask anything.

  • Photo polls are a fun way to start a conversation.

What we don’t like
  • It’s hard to find the items you want to read.

  • Can’t easily find specific posts.

  • You must follow at least three friends to earn «coins» for profile features.

ASKfm is a Q&A website and app that allows users to answer their followers’ questions and then answer them one at a time anytime they want. This gives young people another reason to talk about themselves other than in their comments section. selfie . While ASKfm might not be as huge as Instagram or Snapchat, it’s definitely worth a look. With so much interest from teenagers, it has the potential to become a popular Q&A place.

You can use this service online and through the ASKfm mobile applications.

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