With mother, father and grandma signing up in increasing numbers, Facebook is losing younger users in the US quicker Than previously anticipated, researchers said Monday. A report by eMarketer said Snapchat is drawing youths from Facebook in a faster clip than Facebook possessed Instagram. Facebook is still growing from the United States market, in accordance with research business, mainly due to increases in use by older age groups. The report is the most recent to highlight Facebook’s problem with attracting and keeping young people, who’ve for ages been a basic user base for the world’s largest social network. The research company said it expected the first ever decline in the 18-24 age group from the United States, a drop of 5.8 percent this year.

It also said that for the very first time since its research began, less than 50% of the 12-17 age group in the US will be on Facebook, with 5.6 percent drop in that segment. Meanwhile, the age group meanwhile will see a decrease of 9.3 percent this year, eMarketer said. The same trend is likely To continue in 2019 and 2020, with declines in all sections of US users under 25, the report added. Facebook will lose an estimated two million users under 25 this year, with Snapchat and Instagram the primary beneficiaries. The report said that Snapchat will add 1.9 million users under 25 in 2018 and Instagram will add 1.6 million.

Snapchat, that is known for its disappearing messages, will continue to have more users aged 12 to 24 than Instagram, the researchers said. But Snapchat could end up facing a comparable problem as it seeks to increase its user base and reach all ages. Snapchat could finally experience more growth in older age groups, since it is redesigning its platform to be simpler To utilize, eMarketer analyst Debra Aho Williamson said. The question would be whether younger users will still find Snapchat cool if more of their parents and grandparents are on it. That is the predicament Facebook is in.

Facebook remains the most famous social network in the United States market with an estimated value of 169.5 million users this year, according to eMarketer. But quicker growing Instagram would be utilized by 104.7 million Americans and Snapchat have reached 86.5 million users, in accordance with the forecast. Last year, eMarketer predicted Facebook will see declines among some youths for the very first time in its history. A report released last year by investment firm Piper Jaffray showed that Snapchat is your preferred social network for US teenagers, with 47 percent utilizing the platform.

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