Feb 21, 2023

Question of the Day: What are the three most popular social media platforms for teens?

Bonus points if you can list them in order starting with the most popular!  



  • Have you ever purchased something because you saw it on a social media site?
  • What do you find most persuasive on these sites: recommendations from a friend, an influencer or an ad? Why?
  • What is it about each of the sites that make them popular with teens?

Here are the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.


Behind the numbers (Pew Research): 

"This survey asked whether U.S. teens use 10 specific online platforms: YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Twitch, WhatsApp, Reddit and Tumblr.

YouTube stands out as the most common online platform teens use out of the platforms measured, with 95% saying they ever use this site or app. Majorities also say they use TikTok (67%), Instagram (62%) and Snapchat (59%). Instagram and Snapchat use has grown since asked about in 2014-15, when roughly half of teens said they used Instagram (52%) and about four-in-ten said they used Snapchat (41%)."




Try this popular FinCap Friday (a video plus a quiz) that shows how social media works to get you to spend more: Friending then Spending


About the Author

Mason Butts

After graduating from UCLA with a Master's in Education, Mason spent 5 years as a science educator in a South Los Angeles public high school. He is committed to supporting the holistic growth of all students and empowering them to live a life of relational, academic, and financial success. Now settled in the Bay Area, Mason enjoys facilitating professional developments and partnering with educators as they prepare students for a bright financial future. When Mason is not building curriculum or planning a training, he can be found cycling, trying new foods, and exploring the outdoors.

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