A hand holding a smartphone screen with a news site demonstrates how teens get their media on the go.

Where do today’s teens get their news?


In an era of fake news, critical thinking and evaluation are more important than ever

Today’s teenagers are turning away from traditional media organizations and are getting their news from social media sites and YouTube, according to a new poll by Common Sense and SurveyMonkey.

More than half of teenagers say they get news at least a few times a week from social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Half say they get their news from YouTube.

Six in 10 teens say they are most likely to get their news from celebrities, social media influencers, and social media personalities rather than from news organizations using the same platform.

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Even with so many relying on alternative sources for the majority of their news, teens are more confident in the news they get directly from news organizations. Of teens who get news of current events from news organizations, 65 percent say it helps them better understand what is going on. In contrast, just 53 percent of teens who get news from social media say it helps them better understand what is going on, while 19 percent say it has made them more confused about current events.

Laura Ascione

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