Analysis Finds Users Who Conceive News From Social Media are Less Knowledgeable
LOS ANGELES, Calif.–The surging development of social media platforms such as Twitter and Tik Tok has provided its users an explosively increasing volume of information. Yet research demonstrated that consumers with less political knowledge are more likely to rely on social media for political news.
Pew Research Center recently conducted a survey targeting groups with different levels of political education on their preference for perceiving news and current events.
The result showed rather than depending on the mainstream media outlets, 18% of U.S. adults who spent the most time consuming social media as their main pathway for political news are less likely than other groups to follow up mainstream news stories like the COVID-19 pandemic or the 2020 election.
With regard to the age, the research found younger groups from 18–29 are relying mostly on social media for information. It also found these young adults generally receive a lower level of education and less likely to be white, comparatively speaking.
The group who perceive news and information mainly depend on social media platforms and tend to frequently receive numerous false or unproven claims.
“It may be because social media is the very micro way of reporting news, everyone can be a reporter, writer, or even news creator,” Philip Yee, a Chinese journalist with more than 20 years of working experience told Scriberr News.
“Unlike the traditional news media such as T.V. stations and newspapers in which they have multilayer of fact-checking processes and copy editing, information from social media has no way to be proved as a true story.”