A new survey examines the differences between the way traditional and social news is produced, and reveals that younger people are more likely to seek out news on social media. While older generations may prefer newspapers, they are also increasingly turning to Twitter and Facebook to find news. This symbiotic relationship is particularly important, as it allows traditional journalists to leverage their own social media accounts for fact checking and timely delivery of important information.
Among Americans, two-thirds get their news through social media
According to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, this means that they are more likely to believe that the news on these sites is inaccurate than that from traditional media. In addition, they claim that getting their news this way has made it easier to understand current events. Although these statistics suggest that some older Americans are more likely to trust social media than younger ones, they still tend to distrust the credibility of online sources.
However, older social news consumers also say that using social media has made them better informed. In the survey, 45% of 18-29 year olds say that social media has improved their knowledge of current events. A further 37% of those in the 30 to 49-year-old bracket and 12% of the 65 and older set said that it has helped them make more informed decisions. And those who are most interested in politics report that they find it easy to get news through social media.
When it comes to timeliness, social media users are more likely to share information that is not reliable
As a result, they are more likely to share stories that aren't as accurate as they would like. By using social media to spread the word about current events, they are more likely to share this information with their friends and followers. They are also more likely to follow links to other sources, and share them with other people.
In addition to bias, social media users also tend to have little tolerance for stale news. In other words, they expect the news they read to be inaccurate. Those who are using social media to get the latest information also tend to believe that it is more valuable to post updates at specific times of the day, rather than posting them at the same time each day. While this may be the case for most people, it's important to remember that the majority of the population does not operate on a brand's time.
While mainstream media isn't paying more attention to timeliness, it's important to note that there is a trend in the way that people access news. While many people are looking for news on their mobile devices, they're often more likely to pay more attention to those that they know are trustworthy. This means that social media platforms are more likely to have their news updated more frequently. This trend is also evident in traditional media.
The age of the audience is another factor in the way that people are exposed to news on social media
While more mainstream media outlets are more likely to report breaking news, they often lack the time to provide quality news. By contrast, younger users are more likely to pay more attention to visual content, which can be a more engaging way to consume information. This is one of the reasons why many of the top sources of news on social media are visually based.