October 23, 2017 by Paul Dughi
Only a third trust social media as a news source
Half of all Americans report they get their news on television, but the gap with online is narrowing.
43% now say they often get their news online.
The gap is just 1 points, narrowing from 19 points in 2015, according to a new survey from Pew Research Center.
Radio stayed flat at 25% and print newspapers declined from 20% to 18% in the past year.
Increase in Mobile news consumption
Mobile devices for news consumption continue to grow. 45% of adults often get news on a mobile device. That’s an increase of 9 points from 36% in the past year. Seniors are driving the increase in mobile news. 67% of 65+ Americans now say they get news on a mobile device.
More get news from social media, but still don’t trust it
67% of Americans admit to getting at least some news on social media. Despite that, only 5% of internet users say they have a lot of trust in news from social media.
Who do they trust the most?
Once again, Americans trust local news organizations by a significant number.
85% say they trust local news organizations, 76% say they trust family and friends and 72% say they trust national news organizations.
By comparison – less than half of those – say they trust social media (37%).
You can read the full results here.