The newly-released Techsurvey9 from Jacobs Media contains some very interesting data about the social networking preferences of Gen Z (born in 1993 or later) radio listeners. The study, which finds that radio listeners in the US and Canada are highly social overall, shows that compared to older generations, Gen Z listeners have a strong affinity for emerging social networks such as Tumblr and Snapchat, and are less drawn to Facebook. In fact, the survey finds that Baby Boomers (born between 1946-64; 73.3%) are as likely as Gen Zers (72.9%) to have a Facebook account. The results come on the heels of research from Piper Jaffray which found Twitter challenging Facebook as American teens’ most important social network.
Looking at the Jacobs Media data, which comes from a survey of more than 78,000 core radio listeners in the US and Canada (including more than 3,000 Gen Z respondents), although just 1.5% of respondents overall report using Snapchat, that figure rises dramatically to 13.5% of Gen Z respondents. Additionally, 17.5% of Gen Zers report using Tumblr, about 5 times the overall average of 3.6%, and 35.4% use Google+, compared to 20.1% overall. Gen Z’s use of Twitter is also strong, with 38.5% of respondents reporting having a Twitter account, though that trails Gen Y’s adoption rate of 42.8%. (Gen Yers are defined as in being born between 1975 and 1992.) Read the rest at MarketingCharts.