Most active black teens on social media apps

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Most active black teens on social media apps

By AP | Last update: April 28, 2017 – 12:33:45

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Teens and their technology are inseparable, but a new survey shows that black teens are the most likely to have access to smartphones, which could explain why they are the largest and most frequent users of mobile social media apps. Snapchat and Instagram.

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A survey published April 20 by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research explored teens’ use of social media and its relationship to race and class. The survey found that nearly 9 in 10 black teens use Snapchat, compared to just over 7 in 10 whites. And 4 in 10 black teens say they use Snapchat almost constantly, compared to about 2 in 10 white teens.

A third of black teens say they use Instagram almost constantly, compared to about 1 in 5 white teens who said the same.

“They’re early-comers, in many ways,” said Amanda Lenhart, the survey’s lead researcher, whose work has focused on teens and social media use. “It speaks to the level of integration of technology into the lives of young Black people and their willingness to move to new platforms faster than their counterparts.”

Overall, teens with access to a smartphone are more likely to use Instagram than those without: 80% vs. 37%. The same goes for Snapchat, 79% versus 40%. Only 6% of 13-17 year olds in the study said they didn’t use any of the common social media platforms.

Among all teens, the survey shows that three-quarters use Instagram and Snapchat, more than two-thirds who say they use Facebook.

And while texting is still how 9 out of 10 teens send short messages, 4 out of 10 also use a messaging app, such as Kik, WhatsApp, Skype, or Facebook Messenger. Thirty-four percent of black teens surveyed said they use three or more messaging apps, compared to 20 percent of white teens.

More than 9 in 10 black teens – 95% have access to a smartphone, compared to 89% of whites and 86% of Hispanics. While it might make them more savvy on social media and messaging apps, technology could be a handicap in education or employment, especially for teens who don’t have access to other types of media. devices. Lower-income teens are less likely to have tablets or traditional desktop computers, which cost more and can make things like writing a paper, doing homework or filling out a job application easier.

The survey shows that older teens are more likely to be frequent users of Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and are also particularly likely to have access to a smartphone.

Hope Wright only uses her iPhone for social media, never her laptop, which she only uses for schoolwork. She said she only texts friends and family. And the eighth-grader from Wilmington, North Carolina, said that even when she’s on Snapchat or Instagram, she mostly hides and doesn’t post often.

“I don’t really want to have a lot of social media,” Wright, 14, said. “I’ve heard a lot of things happen that I want to avoid. Some people use it to make friends, but I don’t. I make them myself.

The AP-NORC survey of 790 teens ages 13-17 was conducted online and by phone from December 7-31, 2016. A sample of parents of teens was drawn from the AmeriSpeak panel based on NORC odds, which is designed to be representative of the US population. The parents then authorized the interview of their children. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.6 percentage points. (Associated Press)

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