More than eight in 10 young people are using YouTube as their primary source of music, ahead of physical CDs or even streaming from places like Spotify.

This is according to a new survey from BBC Radio One, who asked more than 6,000 young people aged between 18 and 24 how they get their music fix.

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(Tim Ireland/PA)

Given a range of options to select from, the video-sharing site was well ahead of the rest, with 84% of those asked saying they had used YouTube to listen to music in the last three months. Some 69% said they had listened to the radio, while 42% said they had used a free music streaming service.

Twice as many people were using free services compared to subscription-based options, with only 19% saying they used a paid-for streaming service – such as Spotify Premium or Tidal – placing it at the bottom of the list of methods used, behind even physical CDs and records.

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(Andrew Matthews/PA)

Also covered in the survey was the use of social media, with nearly three quarters (73%) of those asked accepting that if you use social media what you post can be found again in the future. Nonetheless the idea of being able to clear your social media history before you were 18 was a popular one; with 70% saying they agreed with the idea.

A total of 69% also said they believe there should be more controls available to hide things from the past. Perhaps this is not surprising given that nearly half of young people (44%) said there are things from their past on social media that they wish were not there.

Twitter has made several tweaks to its site in recent months in order to tighten up on trolling and abuse – including a new safety centre that explains how to best use the site and all of its features; privacy controls included.