Social Media Outpaces Print Newspapers as US News Source

first_img And now, in Least Surprising News of the Day: Social media sites have surpassed print newspapers as a source of information for Americans.About 20 percent of U.S. adults often get news from social media platforms, a recent Pew Research Center survey revealed—versus the 16 percent who read the paper.Just two years ago, those numbers were reversed: 20 percent relied on newspapers while 18 percent turned to social networks.After years of steady declines in circulation, it’s no surprise that virtual communities have overtaken periodicals. I just always assumed it would happen sooner.An impressive 39 percent of folks 65 and older are still holding on to a piece of the inky past—when broadsheets covered the kitchen table and circulation figures topped six digits.Eventually, 24-hour news channels and online journalism introduced younger generations to new, less messy ways of learning about the world. According to Pew, only 2 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds regularly read newspapers.News diets differ drastically for younger and older Americans (via Pew Research Center)With 49 percent of the vote—mostly among respondents aged 50 and older—television remains king for news consumption (despite its 8 percent drop-off since 2016).Local TV is the most popular; 37 percent get news there often, compared with 30 percent watching cable TV news and 25 percent who view national evening network news shows.Websites, favored by 30- to 49-year-olds, are the next most common source (33 percent), followed by radio (26 percent), and finally social media and print newspapers.“News diets differ drastically for younger and older Americans,” Elisa Shearer, a research associate focusing on journalism at Pew, wrote in a blog post.Specifically, those between the ages of 18 and 49 don’t rely on one particular platform, in the way the majority of their elders clearly prefer television. Instead, they spread consumption across all five services.More on in Photos: Best News, Science, and Tech Images of 2018AI as Fact Checker: Algorithm Identifies Fake NewsNewspaper Endorses Congressional Candidate ‘Abducted by Aliens’ 11-Year-Old Gets ‘Scammed’ Into Paying $4K for TikTok InfluencerFacebook Reportedly Considers Hiding ‘Like’ Counts Stay on targetlast_img read more