Those Who Rely On Social Media For Political News Are Less Engaged And Less Knowledgeable

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Those who rely on social media for news barely seem to even notice there is an election in just … [+] three weeks

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One year ago, a Pew Research Center study found that 55% of U.S. adults received their news from a social media platform “often” or “sometimes.” That included all forms of news, but a year on social media is where about 18% of adult Americans, or roughly one-in-five, now get their political news. According to Pew Research Center data published earlier this year, the more people rely on social media for political news the less engaged they tend to be, while they are also far less knowledgeable about the topic.
This latest study included data that was collected over a nine month period via the Center’s American News Pathways, and it looked at the pathways or platforms that Americans used most often to access news – and this included social media, news websites and apps, local, cable and network TV, radio, and print.
What is also notable about the data is that 48% of those adults under 30 use social media as their primarily source of political news. That is higher than a news website or app, which only came in at 21% – while …

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