The Internet is influencing minors, turning them into ardent users of social media. With easy and increased access to social media in society, the Youth demographic tends to suffer from poor mental, physical, and social development. Nowadays, kids would rather be on their phones using social media than engage in physical activities like playing outside or interacting with other people from the same age group. To summarize, the digital world has a significant and early impact on minors. Though social media paved the way for people to interact in a newer, global way, the sheer volume of its content is inadequately regulated, for better or worse.

Thus, Real Research, an online survey app, launched a survey on teenagers using social media. This survey asks how many social media accounts teenagers have and which are their favorite social media platforms. Read more and know why they spend so much time on social media.


  • 68.44% believe teenagers are more engaged on social media than with other age groups
  • 37% of responses revealed that Facebook is a popular social media platform among teens
  • 39.5% think a teenager has an average of more than 5 social media accounts nowadays

38.16% Spend Over 5 hours on Social Media Daily

The survey on teenagers’ use of social media asks respondents, ‘how much time do teenagers spend on social media?’ In response, 38.16% feel teenagers spend more than 8 hours, and 13.39% responded by saying 7 to 8 hours. Meanwhile, 11.59% believe teens get 5 to 6 hours of social media time. Others think it is limited to 3 to 4 hours (10.7%), 1 to 2 hours (8.34%), and less than an hour (6.10%).

Respondents on time teenagers spend on Social media
Figure 1: Respondents on time teenagers spend on social media

Then, the teenagers’ use of social media survey asks respondents if teenagers are more engaged on social media than with other age groups. In reply, 68.44% said ‘yes,’ 17.22% were unsure, and 14.34% replied ‘no.’ The survey also reveals that 51.84% believe males are more engaged on social media than females, having only 27.2% of votes.

Next, the survey asks respondents which age group has more access to social media. A majority of 51.18% of respondents believe ‘Teenagers under 15,’ whereas 48.82% feel ‘Teenagers under 16’ have more access to social media.

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Popular Social Media Platform Among Teens

Accordingly, the survey asks, ‘what is the popular social media platform among teens?’ The responses were: Facebook (37%), Youtube (13.87%), Instagram (13.56%), and Tiktok (10.33%). Moreover, 5.85% use Twitter, and 5.30% play online multiplayer games (Roblox, Fortnite, League of Legends, etc.).

Figure 2: Respondents on the popular social media platforms teens use

Furthermore, the survey asks what is the average number of accounts a teenager has nowadays. The majority of 39.50% believe teenagers have more than 5. 11.45% think teenagers have only 3 accounts, while 11.33% feel teens have 5 accounts. In comparison, 10.46% assume teens have no social media accounts, and 9.14% think they have at least 2 accounts.

Accordingly, the teenagers’ use of social media survey asks ‘what is the primary reason that teenagers use social media?’ Most (37.42%) answered ‘to occupy spare time,’ and 13.62% chose ‘to find funny or entertaining content.’ Meanwhile, 9.37% think their reason is ‘to stay in touch with friends,’ and 8.32% feel it is ‘to keep up-to-date with trends.’

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Public View on Age Requirements & Risks Concerning Teenagers’ Use of Social Media

Accordingly, the survey on teenagers’ use of social media asks respondents, ‘should age requirements be raised in using social media?’ Most (45.65%) said ‘yes, minors should not have access to social media platforms.’ Similarly, 21% agree to say, ‘yes, the minimum age should be raised to 16 years old.’ Meanwhile, 11.55% think, ‘no, it can remain 13 years with better implementation of secure age verification.’ Comparatively, 11.24% said, ‘no there is no need to change anything,’ and 10.7% replied, ‘no, but with parent supervision and controls.’

Figure 3: Respondents’ views on the risks of teenagers’ use of social media

Next, the survey on teenagers’ use of social media asks about the primary risks of using social media for teenagers. In response, 39.33% replied being exposed to inappropriate content, whereas 10.67% said uploading inappropriate content. In addition, others said data breaches (8.47%), cyberbullying (8.41%), and 8.4% think sharing personal information is a risk of social media. Meanwhile, a distinct 6% believe social media creates a risk of developing health issues (mental, social anxiety, eating problems, etc.).

Finally, the survey asks respondents how social media can positively benefit teenagers. All 41.53% believe it provides them fun and entertainment, 14.61% think it’s good for creativity, and 13.55% said it helps in making and maintaining friendships.

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Survey TitleSurvey on Teenagers Using Social Media
DurationAugust 10 – August 17, 2022
Number of Participants40,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.