Social networks are the source of information chosen by teenagers

Deepak Gupta July 23, 2022
Updated 2022/07/23 at 9:30 AM

If a few years ago the written press was the preferred means of communication, nowadays, the youngest do not opt ​​for it. In turn, and according to a new study, they obtain information through digital sources, namely on social networks, such as Instagram and TikTok.

Despite these results, trust in social networks appears to vary.

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According to a new study carried out by British regulator Ofcom, teenagers in the UK, aged between 12 and 15, catch up and consume news via social networks such as Instagram, TikTok and YouTube, while instead of resorting to traditional means.

It is increasingly unlikely that teenagers these days pick up a newspaper or tune in to the television news, preferring instead to keep up-to-date by flipping through their social feeds.

And while young people find news on social media to be less reliable, they rate these services higher for serving a variety of opinions about the stories of the day.

Said Ofcom's director for strategy and research Yih-Choung Tehrevealing that, although they prefer to follow the news through social networks, their trust varies.

Director of Strategy and Research at Ofcom Yih-Choung Teh

Director of Strategy and Research at Ofcom Yih-Choung Teh

As revealed by Sky News, the numbers point to Instagram as the most popular among young people, having been used by 29% of teenagers. This figure puts the social network ahead of others, such as TikTok and YouTube, which are equal at 28%.

Despite the popularity it has gained, less than a third of teens surveyed (30%) trust TikTok news content. In turn, half of YouTube and Twitter users trust the news they promote.

In the United Kingdom, although young people tend to turn to social networks, even to consume news, in the case of adults the scenario changes: television news continues to be the most sought after source, as it is the most reliable. In the opinion of older people, social networks are the least reliable news medium.

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