Study: Social Media Overtakes TV as Main Source of News for Young People

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Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 11.04.10 AMAccording to a new study by Oxford University’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, when it comes to news, young people prefer social media over TV.

The report found that 28 percent of adults aged 18 to 24 use social media as their main source of news, compared to 24 percent for TV.

This is the first time social media has overtaken TV in the Reuters Institute’s report history, which has been conducted yearly since 2011.

As for which social media source is used most often, it’s Facebook by a landslide [pictured].

About half of those surveyed (44 percent) said they used Facebook for news. The runner-up was YouTube, at only 19 percent.