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Charted: Social Media Usage by U.S. Teenagers

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Graphic showing the results of a Pew Research survey on social platform usage among American teenagers.

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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What is the Median Pay of Magnificent Seven Companies?

The Magnificent Seven companies are fueling stock market gains. In this graphic, we show the median pay of each company in 2023.

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This circle graphic shows the median pay of employees at the Magnificent Seven companies.

What is the Median Pay of Magnificent Seven Companies?

This was originally posted on our Voronoi app. Download the app for free on iOS or Android and discover incredible data-driven charts from a variety of trusted sources.

The Magnificent Seven are lifting the stock market to new highs, led by Nvidia, Microsoft, Apple, and Alphabet in particular.

In May alone, these tech giants added $1.4 trillion in market capitalization to the S&P 500—surpassing the combined gains of 296 other stocks during the same period. Notably, Nvidia contributed to more than half of this rise. As tech stocks boom, many are offering robust salaries with substantial stock option plans.

This graphic shows the median pay of the Magnificent Seven companies in 2023, based on analysis from The Wall Street Journal and MyLogIQ.

The Highest Paying Companies in the Magnificent Seven

Below, we show the median employee pay of the Magnificent Seven companies in 2023:

CompanyMedian Employee Pay
2023
CEO Total Pay
2023
Meta$379,050$24.4M
Alphabet$315,531$8.8M
Nvidia$266,939$34.2M
Microsoft$193,770$48.5M
Apple$94,118$63.2M
Tesla$45,811$0M
Amazon$36,274$1.4M

Data for Microsoft is from SEC filings. Total CEO pay includes equity awards and cash pay.

Meta ranks as the highest overall, with a median pay of $379,050, which is more than six times the national median salary.

Not only is it the leading company in the Magnificent Seven, it has one of the highest median pay across S&P 500 companies. Between 2022 and 2023, employee pay increased 28%, following four rounds of layoffs that slashed thousands of employees in its “year of efficiency”.

Following Meta is Google’s parent company, Alphabet, with a median pay of $315,531. The company operates a hybrid work policy, requiring employees to be in the office about three days a week. This mirrors a trend seen across Amazon and Salesforce to encourage in-person collaboration.

At Nvidia, employees received a median pay of $266,939, fueled by its soaring share price. Last year, over $300 million in value was delivered to its staff under its employee stock purchase plan. Along with a competitive pay package, the company offers an unlimited vacation policy along with 22-weeks of paid parental leave.

Falling near the bottom of the pack is Tesla, where the median salary for employees is $45,811. The automotive sector is notorious for steep wage gaps between CEOs and workers, with CEOs often earning 300 times more than the median employee.

In 2023, Tesla CEO Elon Musk earned no compensation, and is instead paid through incentive-based stock options. Recently, a judge invalidated a staggering $56 billion pay package for the executive, deeming it unfair to the company’s shareholders. This pay package was awarded in 2018, with stipulations that Tesla meet certain performance requirements over a 10-year timeframe.

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