U.S. teens: 82% want an iPhone, Snapchat is favorite social network


A massive survey of 6,100 US teens across 44 states has just concluded and the results are in: the most interesting one from a phone stand point is that 82% of teens expect their next phone to be an iPhone, up from the earlier survey in which the figure was 81%.

But there is one other interesting result: the favorite network of most teens is neither Facebook, nor Twitter, but Snapchat. 47% of teens name Snapchat as their preferred social network, despite growing pressure from Instagram, which has been copying features from Snapchat. Instagram is second in the survey with 24% of teens' preference, while Facebook only has 9% naming it as their favorite network, while for Twitter the number stands at just 7%.


If you were wondering about the average age of the respondents, that would be 16 years old. The survey spanned across average ($55,000) and high-income ($101,000) households, so the average income per surveyed household came at $66,000, slightly above the US national median.

source: Piper Jaffrey via Re/code

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47 Comments

3. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

I don't get the picture. Why is a ghost vomiting a rainbow?????? If I was a teen, I'd be happy with either an Apple or Samsung. I wonder if Samsung came 2nd?

18. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Peer pressure and the need to belong. If you don't have an iPhone, you're not "in".

20. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Couldn't have said it better. The iPhone is like a dress code for teens these days, if you don't have an iPhone, then you're not on par with the rest of your teen friends.

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Me personally, I tried to see what the hype is in regards to Snapchat, but when people take pictures of stupid things, like the meal they are currently eating, or snap pictures of themselves at a mall or store, or snap pictures of items at a store or mall. Or some basically snapping pictures of their journey to their friends house. Girls snapping pictures in regards to their hair, clothes, accessories. Give me a break. Talk about a waste of time, and data. I know there is a saying, where a picture is worth a thousand words, but when over 95% of the pictures are just crap, then they can keep Snapchat. It's definitely not for me.

27. lyndon420

Posts: 6789; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Why vomiting a rainbow? Well...because of what those color combinations stand for these days, maybe the ghost explored/experimented with it's sexuality over the weekend. The look on his/her face would maybe suggest disappointment...or perhaps an upset stomach?!

29. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

It's a lens in Snapchat wherein you can puke rainbows.

31. lyndon420

Posts: 6789; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Ah...gotcha. Guess I'm too old school / right wing to come up with such a concept lol.

39. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Puking rainbows doesn't associate with sexuality. More even when you're struck with awesomeness. I guess you're not into memes lately.

47. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Lyndon, haha! It's this generation that associates the rainbow with homosexuality. To non-teen like me it's just a rainbow and a very weird picture.

11. TMHKR

Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

I don't use Snapchat because I don't have the superhuman ability to talk to dogs.

12. Cyberchum

Posts: 1066; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

And this is news? Lol. When have teens stopped craving for social recognition? And which products could have garnered them most but IPhone and snapchat and, maybe, mirror? Now that I said it, I think going into the mirror business could be very profitable for Apple. All they have to do is add some form of camera, a prominent Apple logo, and call it iMirror. With the logo being the most important feature—if there were to be a case for the iMirror, a special cutout must be made for the logo.

13. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Hahah i got an official warning from PA, because i said education level in Europe is higher than in U.S. And that the majority of the U.S. citizens cannot pint U.S on the world map. PA really??? This is just sad.........

15. Victor.H

Posts: 1062; Member since: May 27, 2011

No, you got a warning because you made an offensive, inappropriate comment. We don't want hate and bigotry here, so consider this last warning before a ban.

22. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

There are people here more offensive than me and they even used bad language and those post's are still on PA......so go figure! I did not use any bad language! Btw you can ban me i don't care, PA is not objective anyway......not anymore...PA is Apple minded full of clickbait articles. I was going to ditch this site anyway.

24. MasterAlchemist

Posts: 56; Member since: Oct 14, 2017

You have to be a SheepDroid for this kind of "immunity". It's hilarious to see most of those clueless fanboys still kicking butt after years.

48. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2359; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I'll bite...why would an education comparison between the U.S. and Europe have ANYTHING to do with phones?

40. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

If you don't want hate and bigotry, then why is Kiko007, Piyath, CNOUR and many others still here? Do they work for you? Or you only pick people who rub you the wrong way only! HAHA!

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31036; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's point, not "pint", capitalize the I also. We U.S. citizens aren't that bad...see?

25. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

I did not say all U.S. citizens, but a major part of U.S. is uneducated. And no it is not the greatest country on earth. Don't get me wrong, i like U.S. i have been there, but the mentality of a lot of people are like.....we are the best and all others suck. Or if some thing happens to a U.S. tourist etc etc for example you will i hear i am a American bla bla! I mean why should others take a bow for an American? That attitude annoys me!

28. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I agree that a major part of the US is uneducated but you could probably say that about any country. To most Americans the US is the greatest country on Earth similar to the way people of other countries think their country is the greatest. I really don't understand the purpose of your post. Even if we agree that the US is uneducated it doesn't follow that it's the reason why US teens want an iPhone. I think it has more to do with the iPhone being a status symbol for some reason.

41. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

The reason is simple. Because their wanting an iPhone, means they are not educated to facts. Teens I know are young and don't care about specs and capabilities. They care about friends who really aren't friends to begin with. If your friends all have an iPhone and you don't and they treat you different, then they aren't friends anyways. Only wanting sometime because of its popularity only, and because of peer pressure, shows a low level of education. This goes for teens in all countries. But facts show, the biggest and largest companies in the world are in the United States of America and from there as well; and not any parts of Europe.

23. MasterAlchemist

Posts: 56; Member since: Oct 14, 2017

In other words, 82% of US teenagers are already iSheeps, right? Wake up SheepDroids, and stop bragging about Android's blown up market share. Most Android users got their phones for free on contract. That's the main reason.

26. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Very few people buy a phone outright. Most Americans are on a payment plan.

30. MasterAlchemist

Posts: 56; Member since: Oct 14, 2017

Payment plans where the Android phones cost $0.

32. pp3k3jamail

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 31, 2013

You sound stupid your not getting a flagship android phone for 0 down on contract you moron. I see more broke ass people in the hood with iphones than android, anyone can get there hands on a iphone. You can get a iphone 7 on tmobile by paying 121 down, that's it. You can get a iphone 8 plus by just paying 79 down on tmobile so you sound dumb.

33. MasterAlchemist

Posts: 56; Member since: Oct 14, 2017

May I humbly remind you that USA isn't the whole world?

44. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

You can get an iPhone with ZERO down on any carriers as long as you have decent credit.

43. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

If your phone is on a payment plan, then it doesn't cost ZERO stupid. The cost of the phone is added to your plan in monthly installments. Oh and last I checked, iPhone have them too?! HMMMMM! Must be the RDF in full force

34. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Mxy alt. account alert.

37. MasterAlchemist

Posts: 56; Member since: Oct 14, 2017

Did something happen to him recently? I miss him.

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