Followed by months of speculation, Facebook admitted last week that there was a slump in usage from 'younger teens' using the social network on a regular basis. A research firm, The Future company, has data that indicates that a good portion of these young users are spending more time on YouTube rather than on Facebook.
According to their survey of 4,014 young people, the company inferred that 41.6% of those aged 12 to 15 said Facebook was their favorite website compared to 48% of teens overall.
These results are different from last year's survey data, in which Facebook was the most popular site among 12- to 15-year-olds.
The report says that YouTube is now the favorite site among teens in the US. Fifty percent of teens surveyed cited YouTube as their favorite site versus 45.2% for Facebook. Even though the company is yet to release the report, Mashable claims to have gotten a sneak peek at the data.
Apart from YouTube and Facebook, others popular sites on the Internet include Amazon (27.8%), Google (25%), Twitter (19.5%), Yahoo (12.1%), eBay (10.7%) and Tumblr (12.3%). It is worth noting that the survey asked participants to name their favorite five websites, so the results and figures do not add up to 100%.
However, climb up the age ladder and Facebook is still the most popular website with twenty somethings at 55 percent. It is followed by Amazon at 37.5 percent.
All in all, in comparison to previous reports, Facebook's numbers dropped from 57.6 percent to 51.7 percent.