Although it may seem that teenagers dominate the social media landscape, there are actually many social media apps that have a majority or a large proportion of adult users.
Whether it’s seeing what’s happening in your neighborhood, building business connections, or sharing photos with grandma, we’ve rounded up the best social media apps for adults.
When you think of the term “social media,” your mind probably first goes to Facebook. With billions of active users, it dominates as the largest social networking service. That’s partly because it’s been around for so long, forever changing the landscape of the internet. Many people have grown up posting their whole lives on Facebook.
On Facebook, you can connect with your friends, family, colleagues, and former classmates from all over the world. You can post your review, share your vacation photos, and join groups of like-minded people. Facebook is undoubtedly one of the best social media apps for adults.
To download: Facebook for Android | iOS (Free in-app purchases available)
Instagram is a photo and video sharing service launched in 2010 and eventually sold to Facebook. It’s not overflowing with features, but its simplicity is what makes it good. The main feed is an endless scroll of media from people you follow and topics you might be interested in.
You can choose to follow people you know or just live vicariously through the lifestyles of celebrities and influencers. When it comes to sharing your photos and videos, many filters alter the image. You can share them in your main feed or in a temporary section called Stories.
To download: Instagram for Android | iOS (Free in-app purchases available)
If you’re looking for inspiration, Pinterest is the app for you. It essentially acts as a moodboard, letting you put together media (mostly images, but also videos) based on whatever theme you want: travel, food, fashion, wedding, etc. You can upload your images or find out what other users have shared and “pin” them to your board.
Even if you don’t have anything specific in mind, it’s fun to browse Pinterest just to discover new ideas. You are also bound to come across interesting accounts, which you can follow to track creativity.
To download: Pinterest for Android | iOS (Free)
LinkedIn is the go-to social networking app for adults and professionals. On LinkedIn, you can create a profile that details your work history, skills, and certifications. You can connect with current and former colleagues and use LinkedIn as a way to find new job opportunities.
Many employers use LinkedIn to post jobs and search for potential candidates. To improve your chances, ask those you connect with to endorse your skills, write articles to highlight your recent accomplishments, and share articles about your industry.
To download: LinkedIn for Android | iOS (free, subscription available)
Reddit is one of the best social media platforms. It is both a social network and a news aggregator. On Reddit, users share content like images, videos, and text messages, with others voting on it to influence its ranking in the feed. This content is posted in communities (known as subreddits), millions of which exist for all sorts of hobbies and topics, large and small.
Below every Reddit submission are comments, where you can share your thoughts and chat with others. You might even decide to open your own subreddit, which is free, and see how popular it becomes.
To download: Reddit for Android | iOS (Free in-app purchases available)
On Twitter, you write 280-character messages called tweets. You can post them on your profile and you can reply to other people’s tweets. You’re just as likely to find your best friend on Twitter as you are a global megastar; it is your choice who you follow. Although many young people use Twitter, it is still a great social media app for adults.
Due to the catchy nature of tweets, Twitter is great for garnering instant reactions, news, or brief tidbits on the minds of others. On the other hand, the character limit doesn’t leave much room for nuance, so beware.
To download: Twitter for Android | iOS (Free in-app purchases available)
Discord started life as a way for gamers to congregate and chat while gaming, but it has since grown into a great app for communicating with anyone. Discord is divided into servers, which act as public or private communities, where you can chat with others via text, voice, and video.
Discord can be as broad as you want. If you just want to be on a server with your friends, shooting the breeze and sharing memes, that’s fine. But if you want to connect with people around the world and make new friends, there’s room for that too.
To download: Discord for Android | iOS (free, subscription available)
8. Next door
If you want a local social networking app, Nextdoor is for you. Rather than connecting with the globe, it connects you with those in your neighborhood. This lets you find out about the latest news in your area, search for events, get recommendations for local merchants, and just chat with those nearby.
Nextdoor also has a section where you can buy and sell goods, though that just facilitates those transactions rather than processing payments. A lot of people also list things for free, so that’s great if you’re strapped for cash.
To download: Nextdoor for Android | iOS (Free)
Since YouTube now has a lot of social features, it’s fair to consider YouTube as a social media platform. Of course, you are undoubtedly familiar with YouTube, as it is the largest video sharing service in the world. It lets you download videos for free and watch the endless amount of content that individuals and businesses are uploading.
To connect with the creators, you need to subscribe to their channel, like their videos, and chat in the comments. YouTube allows large channels to create community posts, which you can also engage with.
To download: YouTube for Android | iOS (free, subscription available)
Of all the social media apps on this list, Snapchat is the traditionally younger one. However, millions of adults use Snapchat, which makes sense considering the platform has been around since 2011 and many have been using it since the beginning.
The main idea of Snapchat is that the messages and videos you send only last for a limited time. Snapchat has lots of fun and silly filters to apply to your photos and videos. If you are looking for a lightweight adult social media app, try Snapchat.
To download: Snapchat for Android | iOS (Free in-app purchases available)
It’s fair to say that all of these adult social media apps inspired each other. Instagram introduced Stories in response to Snapchat, for example. But despite this, each of these apps is distinct, with different user bases and intents. Try them each and see what you like best.