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Snapchat Now Beats Instagram Among Teen Users

Updated: May 02, 2016 6:27 PM UTC | Originally published: Apr 13, 2016

Snapchat has surpassed Instagram as the social media bae of choice among teenagers, according to a study done by Piper Jaffray.

In the semi-annual "Taking Stock With Teens" study conducted by analysts at the investment firm, Snapchat took 28% of the votes for the most important social network among 6,350 U.S. teenagers surveyed, who averaged around 17 years of age.

That number is up from the 19% who sided with Snapchat in the Fall 2015 survey, and more importantly, meant that the mobile app had surpassed Instagram, which had 27% of the vote this round compared with 33% last fall.

"As we stated in the Fall, we expected Snapchat to surpass Twitter in the Spring, but did not expect it to jump over Instagram," the analysts wrote in a presentation provided to Fortune.

Such was the dominance of Snapchat and Instagram, that analysts believed there are tiers of importance forming among teenage users. "We view Instagram and Snapchat in a class of their own followed by Facebook (fb) and Twitter (twtr)," the presentation stated.

Other insights gleaned from Piper Jaffray: total teen spending seems to be down 4% over the last spring-to-fall period, and when it came to fashion-related items, spending dropped by 6% year-on-year. Analysts noted that parent contributions to teenage spending was at its lowest levels since 2010, although it could be attributed to "more kids taking on part-time employment" versus economic-related reasons.