Are Most Millennials Getting Their News From Social Media?


Missy Kum | Society Staff Writer |

Today more college students seem to be receiving their news from social media rather than from credible news sources such as The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, or New York Times. Oftentimes students are more likely to trust a tweet that has 300,000 retweets than an article written by a knowledgeable journalist. Some may claim that the newer generations do not care about the news as much as older generations do.

According to a recent study by the Media Insight Project, research shows that “millennials,” people aged 18-34, state that keeping up with the news is somewhat important to them. They tend to not take the time out of their day to read about current news. Which is why Twitter, Facebook, and other social medias seem to be the most efficient way for news platforms to get their information out to the masses and for college students to receive it.

Ohio University student, Gabriela Gabennesch, receives her news through Twitter. Gabennesch said, “I don’t necessarily get on Twitter for news, but a lot of people retweet and quote news related articles or tweet regarding news and politics so the information is just presented to me. Especially with a president that now uses Twitter so frequently to get out information”.

And this isn’t just seen at Ohio University, many students around the country use Twitter and other social media platforms to receive their news and information due to the convenience of it.

Because people are constantly tweeting and retweeting news, social media users are forced to see the information as it pops up on their feed. Whether they choose to keep up with the news or not, they are always informed on what is trending. With the increase in getting news from these platforms, readers now also have to be aware of sources and where the news is coming from. Many times, false or biased stories circulate, starting rumors among the masses.

“I usually use Twitter or Facebook, but I make sure it is from places like CNN. I do it there because it is faster and less boring than TV,” said Ciarra Cooke, a student at Arizona State University. “In college, I don’t have a ton of time so I usually skim the headlines of articles and click on the links if I am truly interested.”

With the limited amount of time that students have in between doing homework, studying, going to class, and keeping up a social life, reading full length articles or sitting down to watch the news isn’t something they typically try to fit in.

And this is seen in countless of researches, such as the Pew Research Center, where they showed that 50 percent of adults aged 18-29 receive their news from online sources such as social media, websites, or apps.

Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms are used by students so they can get their news quickly and efficiently, however; this is only the beginning.

Whether it is through a quick email or a tweet from a news anchor, news sources are now getting their information out to the younger generations by using platforms that they use daily.