Americans to Social Networking Platforms: You’re Not Helping

Pew Research Center found that 64% of survey respondents believe those sites have a mostly negative effect on the country

There’s no denying that 2020 has been a difficult year and, according to Americans surveyed by Pew Research Center recently, social media isn’t helping.

Pew said 64% of respondents believe social media has a mostly negative effect on the way things are currently going in the country, with roughly one-quarter saying those platforms have neither a positive nor a negative effect, and just 10% saying they impact things positively.

Misinformation and hate and harassment were cited most often by those with negative views of social networks, at 28% and 16%, respectively, along with concerns about people believing everything they see or read, or not being sure what to believe, at 11%

Party lines came into play, as 78% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents defined social media’s impact as negative, compared with 53% of Democrats and Democrat-leaners.



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