Monday, July 11th, 2016

Despite social media, Americans still hooked on to TV for news

Narada Desk | July 11, 2016 5:28 pm Print
Amid all the hype about cord-cutting, American still tune in to TV for news. Most are also skeptical about the news they get from social media, the results of a survey show

Social media might be a popular place for many to get news, but most Americans are still glued to their television sets, a new survey shows.

Despite the burgeoning online news platforms, Americans are not riveted to the web for news.

Television still is a popular medium with 57 percent of those surveyed. While 38 percent said they logged on to the internet to get news, only 20 percent said they preferred newspapers.

Despite their popularity many users are skeptical about news that come through social networking sites, the results of the survey by Pew research Centre indicate.

While 62 percent of the the adults surveyed log in to social media platforms to get news, a mere four percent of users trusted the information available there. 30 percent said the information they found on social sites, some what trust worthy.

The Pew survey reveals that as the news environment becomes more complex, users are more cautious and discerning in their evaluation of available news sources.

Consumption of news remain an integral part of American public life. While seven out of ten adults surveyed follow national and local news very closely, 65 percent tracked international news with the same zeal.

The survey also reinforced the fact that consumers preferred mobile over desktops.

The “deep rooted sense of bias the public perceives in their reporting,” was also very evident in the survey, the Pew report says.

While three quarters felt that the news outlets were responsible for making leaders accountable, 74 percent were of the opinion that the news organisations favoured one side or the other in their reportage.

The survey on news habits and consumption patterns was conducted among American adults in two parts. The first was carried out between 8 January and 12 February, this year.

The second survey began in the last week of February and concluded on 1 March.

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