YouTube Edged Out Other Tech Giants With Biggest Gains During Pandemic

Sean Burch
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YouTube was the tech platform that enjoyed the most “significant growth” during the pandemic, according to a new survey from Pew Research Center on Wednesday, as the Google-owned video giant — like several streaming services over the last year — benefited from people remaining at home. The key takeaway: 81% of Americans said they use YouTube on a regular basis, which is up from 73% in 2019, the last time Pew released similar findings. The only other tech platform with comparable growth was Reddit, whose usage grew from 11% of Americans to 18% between 2019 and 2021. (Pew looked at several other major apps and websites in the survey, including Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.) “YouTube is the most commonly used online platform asked about in this survey, and there’s evidence that its reach is growing,” Pew announced after releasing its findings. In particular, YouTube seems to be a go-to spot for younger people, with 95% of respondents ages 18 to 29 saying they use the platform, as well as 91% of those 30 to 49; for comparison, 70% of respondents 18 to 29 said they use Facebook, which grows to 77% for those between the ages of 30 and...

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