Friday, 18 January 2019
Youths who rely on social media for news less knowledgeable about current affairs than those who read news sites, apps
Youths who get their news from news websites and mobile applications are more knowledgeable about current affairs than those who rely on social media, a new study has found.
The study, by students from Singapore Polytechnic's diploma in media and communication course, polled 802 people aged between 15 and 35 on their news consumption habits. They also quizzed the participants on international and Singapore news, with topics ranging from politics to entertainment.
One of five students who spearheaded the study, second-year student Sammi Poo, commented that while social media has a large reach and helps users stay informed of current affairs indirectly, it is not the most reliable source of information.
“The connectivity makes it easier for users like me to stumble upon news shared by friends. But if it is not from actual news outlets, it may not be the most accurate,” the 18-year-old said.