According to a recent Pew survey, more Americans are getting their news on Facebook and Twitter nowadays.
Social media giants Facebook and Twitter are now regarded as valid news sources by more and more Americans and this is quite an interesting fact. The Pew Research Center has conducted a research project on the matter and after surveying more than 2,000 people they have revealed that as many as 63% of Americans now rely on social media for their news.
However, these results do not imply that these people only get their news on Facebook and Twitter, but that they simply consider the social media platforms news sources and that they would read news articles posted on them. This year’s results show that the people have more and more trust in social media, as two years back their findings revealed that only about 50% got their news from Facebook and Twitter.
In the last couple of years both social media platforms have increased their quality and their influence levels significantly. Furthermore, both of them have plans to pay more attention to news-related posts in the future. The extent of their implication in the media community has reached impressive proportions nowadays and therefore, all the major news curators can reach their audience through Facebook and Twitter.
To a certain extent, people are probably reading more news piece ever since the rise of social media. Due to the fact that they have feed formats, the users get to scroll down to a wide variety of postings and so, they might find a lot of information that they might not have thought of looking for in the first place. Among such posts are the news related ones.
But what is probably the most important contribution that social media has brought to news curation is providing people with a public space where they can discuss their opinions on the news in a very accessible way.
The Pew survey revealed that Twitter is the people’s preferred platform for posting breaking news and fresh information and this actually fits perfectly in their designed micro-blogging features. Furthermore, 46% of Twitter users have said that they do follow their favorite news publications on the social media.
The study revealed that only 28% of Facebook users follow media outlets though. However, the Social Network seems to be regarded as a more welcoming debate space, as people seem to like to discuss various topics there.
Another important aspect is obviously the age on the users. The Pew research revealed that 67% of social media users under 35 regard these platforms as news sources, only 59% of users over 35 do so. This is most likely explained by the amount of time spent on social media, which is obviously much higher among younger audiences.
The same pattern could be observed in the 2013 results, that revealed that 55% of users under 35 and 47% of those over 35 use social media as news sources.
For the moment, the growth in confidence that social media users express for these platforms in terms of news curation consolidates the role that social media has in our day to day lives even further.
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