Social media and digital news have been under a microscope recently. From false news to rumors, social media has had plenty of scrutiny. Pew wanted to find out more about social media and our interaction with it. Here are 3 important takeaways from the Pew Research.


Americans have low trust in information from social media


Most people around the world have social media accounts in the modern world and they actively use their accounts to browse posts and news information. At the same time, it appears many Americans know that information on social media cannot be trusted.

Only 5% of Americans who use social media report that they trust what they read on social media. That is only 1% up from the previous year. Most national news and local news organizations have a much higher level of trust.

Despite the lack of trust, about 35% of Americans reported that they used social media to access online news.


The gap between television and online news consumption is narrowing


People have traditionally found their news in one of two places, print media or television media. With the invention of the internet, it was bound to become a place to host the news. Now Pew Research has found that more and more people are turning to the internet for their news.

About 50% of people reported that they still consumed their news from the television. Only 7% less reported that they use the internet to stay up to date on happenings around the world. This is a gap that is closely coming in. Since 2016 the gap has closed 12 percent.

Online news consumption numbers also include news consumed through use of a smartphone app. That handy device that so many people seem to be carrying everywhere.


Use of mobile devices for news continues to grow


Mobile devices are becoming the most common way to access the internet. Google is even developing specific algorithms for mobile users. The research study found that 45% of users utilized mobile devices to get their news. Lower income houses and the older population make up the majority of users who look up news on their phone.

This trend has grown as mobile phones have become must have devices in the modern culture. Out of all of the news sources, Twitter, YouTube, and Snapchat all saw significant growth. Twitter saw the largest growth of all. A total of 74% people reported using Twitter to get their news, that was 15% higher than in past years.

Overall, the Pew research showed a lot of interesting facts. Social media and the internet are playing a larger role in everyone’s life. If you want to see the full report on the research, you can view it here: Pew Research Report