Teen use of Twitter has grown significantly, a new report into social media networks shows, while Facebook is losing market share to its quick-messaging rival.
Research from the think tank Pew Research Center revealed that 24 percent of online teens use Twitter now, up from 16 percent in 2011.
Of the 802 teens aged 12-17 that were surveyed by Pew, 80 percent said that they used social networking sites and one in four online teens are using Twitter, a social network previously perceived as dominated by adults.
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Conversely, the study by the non-partisan research group reported that teens have become fed up with Facebook, with focus group discussions showing teens' waning enthusiasm for Facebook.
"Teens are now migrating to Twitter in growing numbers, often as a supplement to their Facebook use," Pew reported.
"Twitter draws a far smaller crowd than Facebook for teens, but its use is rising. One in four online teens uses Twitter in some way. While overall use of social networking sites among teens has hovered around 80 percent,Twitter grew in popularity," the Pew report said.