Massive Disruption: How Americans Get Their News Has Dramatically Changed

Craig Huey Media 2 Comments

How people are getting their news has changed rapidly in recent years.

Less people are watching television—and more are turning to online news sites and social media to get updates on politics and current events.

Not only that … 85% of U.S. adults now use their mobile phones to look at the news.

What is easy and accessible may have become more important to people than what is a viable and trustworthy source.

Check out these surprising statistics from 2017:

TV News

  • 50% of U.S. adults often watch the news on television, down 7% from 2016


  • 38% of U.S. adults read the print newspaper regularly, down from 54% in 2004
  • 55% of New York Times readers read the paper online and 48% of USA Today readers read the paper online

Online News/Social Media

  • 43% of U.S. adults often get their news from online news platforms and social media, up 5% from 2016
  • 67% of U.S. adults 65 and over get their news on their mobile devices – from online news platforms or social media
  • 74% of Twitter users get their news from the social media site – up 15% from 2016
  • 32% of YouTube users get their news from the site – up 11% from 2016
  • 68% of Facebook users get their news from the social media site – up 2% from 2016

The gap between U.S. adults who use the internet/social media and who watch television for news is closing.

Social media continues to dramatically increase in usage…and newspapers and television continue to decline.

Online news platforms – which are widely used by Americans – may provide viable news, but does social media?

Social media did not start as a source of objective reporting. It connects a wider community, and creates a space for people to share personal content.

As a result, many social platforms have become places where opinions are given, shared and circulated, but are presented as objective facts and news.

The result is often information that is intensely biased and even false.

On the other hand, print newspapers and major news platforms are considered trustworthy—but Americans are becoming less likely to read news from these sources – especially as they have been so biased.

Overall, this massive disruption shows a trend toward preferring convenience over credibility…

This changes the way Americans receive the news and become informed about current events.

And it will impact future elections and how people think.

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Comments 2

  1. Although the statistics may be true, I disagree about what major networks are trustworthy. So many News programs on television report biased information, that I can hardly watch them anymore, except to see what is happening locally. Otherwise, I will only watch one major network that I trust for my news, or listen to others that may be inthe know on social media, such as yourslef. Therefore, I disagree that it is not a good thing to listen to social media more than the TV News.

  2. news media from television is lying,truth twisting ,liberal propaganda,geared toward people who simply hear and follow,not thinkers who sort things out.
    i cant stand how obviously anti president trump and biased they are,PURE LIBERAL AGENDA DRIVEN.

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