Is Facebook still popular?


Mina Kohara (9) considers which app to open on her iPhone home screen. Facebook is not popular with teens, but remains the go-to social media application for adults. Photo by Jasmine Rossiter 2020.

Kevin Kamehiro, Editorial

Facebook is a social media platform where users are able to post photographs, comments, videos, and links. According to BusinessInsider, Facebook was created on Feb. 4, 2004.

Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook at 19 years old as a sophomore at Harvard. Sixteen years later, new social media platforms have emerged like Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and Tik Tok. Facebook is less popular among teens and the younger generations but is popular with adults. 

According to Statista, Facebook is still the number one social media platform in the world. Facebook boasted 2.26 billion users in 2018 and the second most popular platform, YouTube, has 1.9 billion users. In the United States, 85 percent of 25-29 years olds use Facebook and 79 percent of 30-49-year-olds use Facebook.

“I don’t use Facebook,” Candace Cheng (11) said. “My mom uses Facebook on a regular basis but doesn’t know how to use other social media apps like Instagram. I think that Facebook is for people like our parents and not our generation.” 

According to MarketingCharts, Facebook is losing 12-34-year-olds. 29% of this age group use Facebook most often compared to the other social media brands. 

“I don’t have Facebook because I feel like it’s the same concept as Instagram but not as popular,” Marissa Lum (11) said. “A majority of people I know, use Instagram rather than Facebook, so it wouldn’t make sense for me to have a Facebook and Instagram account.”

Facebook is losing popularity as time goes on. Facebook is seen as a social media platform for adults. I don’t use Facebook and I don’t know anyone in high school that uses it. Although Instagram and Facebook have the same concept, teens go to Instagram for social media. Since the newer generations are not using Facebook, it will lose popularity in the future. More and more social media platforms are being created and will compete with other platforms for popularity.


Works Cited

Carlson, Nicholas. “At Last – the Full Story of How Facebook Was Founded.” Business Insider, Business Insider, 5 Mar. 2010,

“Facebook’s Popularity Continues to Drop Among US Youth. What Are Zuckerberg’s Plans?” Marketing Charts, 19 Mar. 2019,

“The Rise of Social Media.” Our World in Data, 18 Sept. 2018,