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More Adults Get Their News from Social Media Than Print Newspapers

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Twenty20

20 percent of American adults said that they often get their news from social media, while only 16 percent said the same about print newspapers, according to the Pew Research Center. It's the first time that timelines have trumped newsprint since Pew began asking the question.

 

Television (49 percent) is still most adults go-to news source, followed by news websites (33 percent) and radio (26 percent). But TV is officially on throne watch. Social media is the #1 way those ages 18 to 29 choose to stay informed.

In this era of "fake news" and misinformation, the idea that more and more people are getting their news from social media certainly sets a dangerous precedent. This isn't to say that reporting from newspapers is always 100 percent accurate but the rapid exchange of information between people, thanks to social media certainly makes it a cause for concern. 

 

This study is hardly a surprise, as print media has been in a steady decline for years now and you'd be hard pressed to find a millenial that has purchased a newspaper recently. With the ability to get their news in an instant on their phone, newspapers have a very difficult time playing catch up. 

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