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Charted: Social Media Usage by U.S. Teenagers

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Charted: Social Media Usage by U.S. Teenagers

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A majority of U.S. teenagers are daily users of video platforms. Short-form videos, in particular, have become very popular, as evidenced by TikTok’s rapid rise.

In this chart, we analyze social platform usage among U.S. teenagers (ages 13-17), based on data from a recent Pew Research Center survey conducted between September and October of 2023.

The Short Video Boom

YouTube continues to be the top platform among teens, followed by TikTok, Snapchat, and Instagram. On the other hand, Facebook is increasingly viewed as the “old person’s platform”, with only one in five teenagers using the platform daily.

Meanwhile, a similar proportion of teens say they’re on YouTube and TikTok “almost constantly”, with the majority visiting these platforms daily. The survey also shows that teen girls are far more likely than boys to say they use TikTok “almost constantly”.

PlatformAlmost constantlySeveral times a dayOnce a day Less frequently*
YouTube16%38%17%29%
TikTok17%32%9%42%
Snapchat14%29%8%49%
Instagram8%27%12%53%
Facebook3%8%8%81%

*Includes no response.

95% of teenagers in the United States have access to a smartphone (usually an iPhone), and the vast majority of teens can also access these platforms through computers (90%) and gaming consoles (83%).

Black and Hispanic teens are more likely than white teens to say they are online almost constantly, according to the Pew Research Center survey.

The study also shows that intensive usage is independent of household income. The majority of teenagers who live in households making less than $30,000 per year and those in households making over $75,000 demonstrated heavy usage of social media platforms.

The time teenagers spend on social media has been a subject of debate in recent times.

According to UNICEF, excessive passive use of social media—simply scrolling through posts—can have detrimental effects on mental health. Research links this behavior to feelings of envy, inadequacy, and reduced life satisfaction. Some studies suggest it may even contribute to symptoms of ADHD, depression, anxiety, and sleep deprivation.

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Can Data Centers Be Sources of Sustainable Heat?

Data centers produce a staggering amount of heat, but what if instead of treating it as waste, we could harness it instead?

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Diagram showing how waste heat from data centers could be recaptured and recycled to provide sustainable heat in residential and commercial settings.

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Can Data Centers Be Sources of Sustainable Heat?

Data centers support the modern technologies on which we rely, but also generate incredible amounts of heat as waste. 

And since computers tend to be very sensitive to heat, operators go to great lengths (and expense) to get rid of it, even relocating to countries with lower year-round average temperatures. But what if instead of letting all that heat disappear into thin air, we could harness it instead?

In this visualization, we’ve teamed up with HIVE Digital to see how data centers are evolving to recapture and recycle that energy.

How Much Heat Does a Data Center Produce?

To get an idea how much heat we’re talking about, let’s imagine a mid-sized cryptocurrency operation with 1,000 of the most energy-efficient mining rigs on the market today, the Antminer S21 Hydro. One of these rigs needs 5,360 watts of power, which over a year adds up to 47 MWh.

Multiply that by 1,000 and you end up with over 160 billion BTU, which is enough energy to heat over 4,600 U.S. homes for a year, or if it happens to be Oscar season, enough heat to pop 463,803 metric tons of popcorn. Less if you want melted butter on it. 

How Waste Heat Recycling Works?

At a high level, waste heat is recaptured and transferred via heat exchangers to district heating networks, for example, where it can be used to provide sustainable heat. Cool air is then returned to the data center and the cycle begins again.

Liquid cooling is by far the most efficient means of recapturing and transporting heat, since water can hold roughly four times as much heat as air.

Data centers around the world are already recycling their waste heat to farm trout in Norway, heat research facilities in the U.S., and to heat swimming pools in France.

A Greener Future for Data Centers?

Waste heat recycling has so far been voluntary, led by operators looking to put their operations on a more sustainable footing, but new regulations could change that. 

Amsterdam and Haarlemmermeer in the Netherlands require all new data centers to explore recycling their waste heat. In Norway, they require it for all new data centers above 2 MW, while Denmark has taken a carrot approach, and developed tax cuts and financial incentives. And in late 2023, the EU Energy Efficiency Directive came into force, which will require data centers to recycle waste heat, or show that recovery is technically or economically infeasible. 

With Europe leading the way, could North America be very far behind?

HIVE Digital Provides Sustainable Heat

HIVE Digital is already recycling waste heat from its data center operations in Canada and Sweden. 

Their 30 MW data center in Lachute, Québec, is heating a 200,000 sq. ft. factory, while their 32 MW data center in Boden, Sweden, is heating a 90,000 sq. ft. greenhouse, helping to provide sustainably grown local produce, just one degree short of the Arctic Circle.

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Learn how HIVE Digital is helping to meet the demands of emerging technologies like AI, sustainably.

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