UK Social Network Users 2022

TikTok Is on a Rapid Rise, While Facebook Growth Is Stalling

About This Report
TikTok is the fastest-growing social platform amid slow overall social network user gains in the UK. Facebook remains the dominant force, but as its user base ages, its grip will begin to slip.
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Executive Summary

Social user numbers are on a slow rise in the UK, but the makeup of platform audiences is changing a little more rapidly. In particular, age profiles are shifting, and marketers should shift with them.


  1. How many people in the UK use social networks, overall and by platform?
  2. Which platforms are most popular among which age cohorts?
  3. How should marketers use this information to build out their social ad strategies?

WHAT’S IN THIS REPORT? A comprehensive view of the overall user market by platform and the changing social media landscape in the UK, plus how these changing dynamics will impact marketers.

KEY STAT: Facebook remains the most popular social network, but it’s losing share of social network users, falling from 81.1% to 80.1% this year. TikTok, meanwhile, will shoot up the rankings to become the third-biggest platform by 2023.


Bill Fisher


Jade Appel
Associate Forecasting Analyst
Karin von Abrams
Principal Analyst
Debra Aho Williamson
Principal Analyst
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