We are living in a social world
Social media has officially replaced newspapers
We knew this day would come. But why did it have to happen so soon?
A Pew Research Center survey published Monday found that adults in the U.S. received more news from social media than newspapers in 2018. This is the first time news consumption via social media surpassed print newspapers since Pew started asking these questions.
While this is sad news for fans of print, social media and newspapers are still the least common means of discovering the news. Television continues to be the most popular medium for news consumption, with 49 percent of adults looking to their headlines, followed by websites with 33 percent, and radio with 26 percent.
As to be expected, this change is heavily spearheaded by youngsters. Those between ages 18 and 29 are about four times as likely to receive their news from social media than people 65 years and older. Who knows what trend they'll influence next.
The survey was conducted by speaking to 4,581 respondents on a panel between July 30-Aug. 12. The margin of error is 2.5 percentage points. Read more at Pew Research Center.