Digital news has become an important part of The diet of the American media, with social media playing a crucial role in news consumption. Today, half of American adults receive news at least sometimes from social media.
Information consumption on social networks
When it comes to where Americans regularly get social media news, Facebook outranks all other social media sites. Three in ten American adults say they regularly receive information there. Slightly fewer (26%) regularly receive information on YouTube.
Smaller stocks regularly receive news on Instagram (16%), TikTok (14%), X (12%) or Reddit (8%). Even fewer Americans regularly receive news from Nextdoor (5%), LinkedIn (5%), Snapchat (4%), WhatsApp (3%), or Twitch (1%).
(Seven in ten American adults say they have seen or heard something about Twitter changing its name to took place in July 2023.)
Some social media sites – despite their relatively small overall audience – are distinguished by a high proportion of users who regularly visit the site for information. For example, about half of X users (53%) receive information there. In contrast, only 15% of Snapchat users regularly receive information on the application.
Who consumes information on each social media site
There are demographic differences, particularly by gender, in who regularly turns to each social media site for information. Women make up a larger proportion of regular news consumers on Nextdoor (66%), Facebook (62%), Instagram (59%) and TikTok (58%), while men make up a larger share on sites like Reddit (67%). , X (62%) and YouTube (58%).
Some partisan differences also emerge when it comes to who regularly receives information on certain social media sites. The majority of regular news consumers on many sites are Democrats or mostly Democrats. No social media sites included here have regular news consumers who are more likely to be Republicans or lean Republicans, although there is no significant partisan difference among news consumers on Facebook, X or Nextdoor. (Read the appendix for data on U.S. adults in each demographic and party who regularly receive news from each social media site.)
The Pew Research Center is an affiliate of The Pew Charitable Trusts, its principal funder. This is the latest report from the Pew Research Center’s ongoing survey on the state of news, reporting, and journalism in the digital age, a research program funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, with the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Follow these links for a more in-depth analysis of news consumption:
Information platform factsheetNovember 15, 2023
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Black Americans’ experiences with the newsSeptember 26, 2023
Twitter News: Consumed by Most Users and Trusted by ManyNovember 15, 2021
Measuring information consumption in the digital ageDecember 8, 2020
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