News and the age of the Internet
Elliott Troop
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62 percent of the US get their news from social media, according to a new report

Pew Research Center surveyed the news consuming habits of Facebook, Twitter and Reddit users
As part of an ongoing investigation into social media and news, Pew Research Center and the John S & James L Knight Foundation recently broke down the percentage of social media users that get news from various social media sites. The report discovered that the majority of US adults - 62 percent - source news directly from social media. Based on a similar question in 2012, 49 percent of US adults answered in the affirmative. The rise is emblematic of the shifting patterns of news consumption in the age of the internet. Pew Research Center's most recent study was based on a survey conducted between January 12th and February 8th. 4,654 people were surveyed. Participants were asked about their habits on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn, Reddit, Snapchat, Tumblr and Vine. Results On Facebook, two-thirds of users get news directly from the site. With 67 percent of Americans signed up to their site, Facebook is by far the biggest social media site in the US. The two-thirds...