Social Media Snapshot: Young Males VS Females

We survey young consumers’ on their social media use every quarter to keep on top of the platforms Millennials and teens are spending the most time on—and today we’re spotlighting the differences between males and females’ social behavior…

When Twitter announced that Vine, which they acquired for $30 million four years ago, will be shut down “in the coming months.” The news shocked many in the industry—especially those who made a name for themselves on the platform. But we weren’t too surprised. Why? Our social media tracker has been showing signs of Vine’s faltering status: 24% of 13-33-year-olds reported using it in September of 2014, dropping to 12% in September of this year. Thanks to our monthly surveys, we collect real-time stats on young consumers’ social media use across all platforms—from the biggest current players to the up and coming ones to watch—to keep close tabs on the ups and downs of the networks among each age group, gender, ethnicity, and more.

Our social media surveys look at use on three levels: the platforms' use overall, the platforms they use daily, and the platforms they post or comment on daily. Today, we’re giving you a snapshot of Millennials and teens’ social media behavior, comparing young males and females most used platforms. We’ll start with the top ten ranked platforms for each group when we ask which social media networks they currently use: 

There are only two networks unique to each group: Reddit ranks in the top ten for males but not females, while Pinterest is in the top networks for females and not males. But a closer look at the data shows some of the underlying differences in their use: 

Though Instagram is a top-five used network among both 13-33-years-old males and females, females are far more likely to be using the platform than…

 
 

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Quote of the Day: “I like playing and talking about [Animal Crossing] with other people. It's nostalgic for me since I've been playing games from the series from a young age.”—Female, 22, PA

Which brands had the most YouTube subscribers in 2018? In media, Warner Bros. topped the list with 6.4 million subscribers, followed by BBC and ESPN. Apple beat out last year’s winner for tech PlayStation, while Red Bull and Ford remained the reigning champs of food and beverage and automotive, respectively. Finally, Nike was first place in the clothing category for the second year running, with 30,000 more subscribers than their closest competitor, Adidas. (Tubefilter)

A “Little League for esports” is fostering future esports stars—and fans for life. Super League Gaming is bringing some much-needed organization to youth competitive gaming, building teams of young Minecraft, League of Legends, and Clash Royal players, helping them train and compete. But the program isn’t just for the next Ninja; just like traditional sports, kids get a sense of community among like-minded friends. (AP News)

Nielsen reports that Millennials actually consume less media than older demos, but more of it is digital. While the average adult consumes over ten hours of content a day, 18-34-year-olds spend less than eight hours with media. And the heaviest smartphone users are 35-49-year-olds, who spend 20 minutes more each day on average with their phones than Millennials. However, the younger demo does spend 44% of their media time with digital devices, more than older demos that spend more time with TV as they age up. (THR)

Vitaminwater is wagering $100,000 that you can’t give up your smartphone for a year. Contestants have to disconnect from internet-enabled devices where “texting is a pleasant experience” for 365 days and post a pic to Twitter or Instagram explaining why they need the digital detox. And when the year’s up, they have to prove it. Considering that 65% of 13-36-year-olds told Ypulse they would be unable to unplug from their smartphones for a week, earning that $100,000 may be harder than they know. (Fortune)

Hard seltzer revenue skyrocketed over 400% over the past 18 months. White Claw leads the way for the category with top-of-the-results organic search (they’re the number one Google result for “hard seltzer”) and a social media presence that focuses on health and wellness-related imagery. Sparkling water is already one of Millennials’ favorite things to drink, and its hard version could rise through the ranks of their top alcoholic beverages. (Gartner)

Quote of the Day: “People call [video game culture] nerdy but I see nerdy as a positive connotation.”—Female, 28, MA

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