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2016 dating trends

Too often when writing about what teenagers like, we neglect to talk to the most important group of all: teens.

To learn what American teenagers in 2016 really like, and what they don't, we polled about 60 of them from across the US.

We spoke with teens ages 13 to 19, in middle school, high school, and college.

The game's name literally translates to "cat collecting," and that's exactly what you do in the adorable game. Interestingly, a lot of the teens we spoke with — the majority, 75% — told us they didn't have or use You Tube or Vine accounts, but they use both services voyeuristically just to watch the videos.

There tends to be a lot of overlap between You Tube and Vine stars.

Here what they had to say: For the uninitiated, a finsta is a portmanteau of the words "fake" and "Instagram." You use it for posting embarrassing or less aesthetically pleasing pictures you wouldn't want to share with all of your friends.

Eighty percent of the teens we talked to had no idea what a finsta was, and 92% said they didn't have one.

Favorites include: Brendon Urie, Shawn Mendes, Connor Franta, Troye Sivan, Tyler Oakley, Miranda Sings, Shane Dawson, Logan Paul, Lele Pons, Josh Peck, Jenna Marbles, Manny MUA, Ethan and Grayson Dolan, Alx James, Grace Helbig, Mamrie Hart, Hannah Hart, and Rosanna Pansino.

We didn't flat-out ask what media teens are consuming, but in their answers about their favorite Viners and what they did online, 30% of teens we spoke with mentioned Buzz Feed, Buzz Feed Video, Tasty (the Buzz Feed food video Facebook page), and Buzz Feed's quizzes.

On average, the teens we spoke with received smartphones from their parents when they were 11 years old.

At their youngest, they received phones when they were 8; at the other end, one teen's parents made her wait until she was 16 before she got a phone.

Staving off FOMO (fear of missing out) and finding ways to connect and share memories with your peers is essential regardless of when you were a teenager.