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By CarterJMRN

CarterJMRN has been tracking daily social media usage among the general public aged 16-69 via our Japan Consumer Sentiment Survey since 2017. Our latest wave in 2022 has found that the most used daily platform is LINE- Japan’s leading messaging app, at 52%, followed by YouTube at 49% and Twitter at 42%.

A major social network in the United States, Facebook’s popularity has been gradually eroding in Japan over the past six years (15% in 2017 vs. 11% in 2022), in contrast with Twitter (17% in 2017 vs. 42% in 2022) and Instagram (9% in 2017 vs. 26% in 2022) which have witnessed significant growth in daily users.

Video-sharing platforms such as YouTube and TikTok have been consolidating their position, reflecting the broader global shift from static to dynamic – and primarily short – video-type content that has characterised social media usage in the past few years.

When looking at daily social media usage from a gender perspective, YouTube (55% males vs. 44% females), Twitter (47% males vs. 37% females), and Facebook (14% males vs. 9% females) continue to show a male skew. Conversely, female users outnumber male users on LINE (48% males vs. 55% females) and Instagram (23% males vs. 29% females). A slightly more balanced scenario emerged for TikTok (10% male vs. 8% female) and the blogging site Ameba, where the number of female and male users now matches at 4% each.

SNS platform usage is evident among Seniors. LINE remains the most daily used app by people in their 60s (38%), followed by YouTube and Twitter, reaching 31% and 20% among senior users, respectively.

With 16 to 25-year-olds driving new video trends in Japan, TikTok’s rapid growth should not be overlooked, as the platform has been engaging an increasing number of younger users. As might be expected, Tik Tok’s highest usage is in the 16-19-year-old age group, among whom 31% use it daily. With the exception of Facebook, Tik Tok still trails the major SNS brands among young people but represents an increasing challenge. Facebook’s usage data by age unveils the social network’s struggle in involving younger generations on the platform.

Dominic Carter Bio

Representative Director & CEO

Dominic came to Japan from Australia in the late ’90s to launch the Japan business of a global research consultancy. In 2003, he started what is now The Carter Group, a diversified organisation serving the needs of international businesses looking to realise ambitious goals in the Japanese market. Over the last 25 years he has worked with some of the top brands in the world, fuelling their journeys to success through the expert application of consumer insights across cultural contexts to drive successful marketing strategy. Dominic is a frequent lecturer, guest speaker, trainer, consultant and commentator on all matters to do with consumer insights methodology, social mega-trends and the contemporary Japanese consumer.