Hello Captain Obvious: Survey shows the most popular apps among teens

Hello Captain Obvious: Survey shows the most popular apps among teens
Sometimes it takes a survey to prove that a survey was not needed. In this instance, the popularity of social media amongst teenagers.

Text messaging reigns supreme, but in the social media-sphere, has all the usual players when it comes to what is popular among high-school graduates.

Niche is an online service that gathers ratings and reviews of schools and colleges. It also provides guidance to those looking to pick a college or find information about scholarships. This month, Niche conducted a survey of over 7,000 class of 2014 high-school graduates to see what, and how often they use popular social media applications and access leading services.

The results of the survey will probably not surprise you. Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, et al, are all on top. Their rankings may surprise a bit, but it reaffirms many things about the generation surveyed, social media rules while other services that one would think are popular with the younger crowd are not used so much, such as, Reddit, or College Humor to name a couple.

When comes to streaming music, Pandora and iTunes are the most popular. YouTube is more popular than Netflix which should not be surprising since it stands to argue that many high-schoolers are not paying subscribers. Snapchat is by far the most popular messaging app, second only traditional text messaging.

Social media continues to be owned by Facebook and Instagram, followed by Twitter. However, the adoption of services overall is wide, there are no real losers among the popular apps.

sources: Niche via VentureBeat



1. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

I'm surprised iTunes Radio is used more than Spotify >.>

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

and I am surprised seeing Google+ in top 10.

4. kzat82

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 26, 2013

I bet a bunch of them thought they were using Google, not Google+.

7. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

i bet those were just google+ linked account logins used for their other apps ,like youtube acount

10. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

No I and many of my friends actively use Google+.

14. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

he didn't say all of them he said a bunch of them !

11. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I do see in increase in Google+ users (myself included), didn't think teens would use it too tho

15. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

The reasons I think Google+ has got some traction among teens is: -Because its very convenient for video chats without opening a Skype account and installing it. -Also Google+ account is necessary to post comments on YT (not to mention YT is widely used amongst teens) -Lastly, on android phones it lets you backup your photos (loads of selfies & duck faces) and videos (sorta like iCloud) without any hassle.

19. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

about the youtube, it is mandatory/forced to login to google + - video call thing is also true. -and also hangouts

23. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Schools don't block google sites but block instagram and twitter, so teens have to use g+ to connect

18. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

Me thinks you are only on there because of these teen statistics.

16. engineer-1701d unregistered

i have never used spotify or itunes thank god, mp3 for downloads and milk music for all other radio needs.

3. jibraihimi

Posts: 802; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

And i'm surprised by the ranking of whatsapp....... In my country alone its most popular messaging client, and everyone i know or see are on whatsapp...........

5. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

MySpace? ;)

6. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Indeed no surprises here, I mean by the time they get older they'll realise that Reddit and College Humor is like all there is for the greater part of the interwebs

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I thought teens play candy crush on facebook to impress their friends and call themselves 'gamer' or 'candy expert'. LOL.

9. Rager722 unregistered

I'm surprised SoundCloud is not on this list.

13. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

or Shazam.

12. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

these types of surveys are constrained by geography....... for that particular area or region some particular apps might me more or less popular than as in normal...... considering the world as perspective Spotify whould be more popular and Whatsapp also......snapchat by no means more popular than whatsapp especially in eastern side of world......

17. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Whisper isn't so bad.

20. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

where is friendster?

21. blackberry_Boy

Posts: 213; Member since: May 27, 2014

Of course snapcrap is a popular app it's crap why don't teens just text and send a pic in the text like normal just another useless app to take one more step to do one simple thing

22. iLoveAmexica

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

what the f*** are those in the pic??

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