Ranking Popular Social Media Apps



A girl scrolls on her phone.

Charlotte McConathy, Managing Editor

Whenever I have free time, I am constantly lying on my bed, scrolling through my phone. I personally believe social media is one of the best ways to express yourself. You get to decide what you share and who you interact with. All forms of social media give you an outlet to let your voice be heard. The other day I went to look at my screen time and noticed the drastic differences between some of the apps that I use daily. Here is my personal ranking of all the apps I use and why I chose to place them where I did.


  1. TikTok

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TikTok is currently my favorite app because of all the fun, interactive features.  There are comedy videos, D.I.Y. videos, life hack videos, and a lot more. I can sit on my couch and scroll for hours on end watching stupid, pointless videos and cute videos of puppies that make me cry. The enjoyment I get from simply watching a 15 second video is what makes TikTok my favorite social media app.


    2. Snapchat

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Snapchat allows millions of teens to keep in contact with friends and family all over the world. You can take a picture of any moment in time and send it or post it for anyone to see. I can send my friend a stupid video of myself or send my mom a picture of what I’m doing at any moment. Snapchat is so easy and accessible and I have gained multiple friendships from this app.


    3. YouTube

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YouTube is a fun platform because there is countless number of creators and types of videos for you to watch. I could look up a video from the sister squad made in 2019 and watch it as many times as I want to. You could also create your own account, film your own videos, and publish them for your friends and subscribers. YouTube is my go-to app while I eat dinner because I can watch a 15-minute video in the same amount of time it takes me to finish eating.


    4. Instagram

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Instagram used to be my favorite app, but it has recently become boring and tiring to scroll through. I enjoy posting random events in my life and commenting on my friend’s posts, but I would much rather spend an hour on Snapchat than Instagram. Instagram recently added a shopping feature, and I find it useless. Most teens would rather online shop from a reputable store rather than falsely advertised clothes on Instagram. Instagram is basically a mix of TikTok and other apps, and I would much rather spend my time doing anything else.


    5. Twitter

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While I know that many teens enjoy scrolling through Twitter and retweeting relatable content, I find Twitter very boring and kind of pointless. There are multiple news outlets and apps that give us the same information that Twitter does. I find myself getting very bored looking at tiny little paragraphs of multiple people basically saying the same thing in different ways. Twitter has also had a huge influence on cancel culture, which I find very annoying and stupid.


6. Facebook

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In my opinion, Facebook is mainly for baby boomers and millennials. I do have a few friends that have a Facebook account, but they mainly use it to stalk their parents and their friends’ parents. I personally do not see the point of Facebook because it is basically just Instagram in a slightly different format. If I had to choose a social media app that had to be banned, I would choose Facebook.

What is your favorite social media app?


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