Study: Nearly 1/3 of Americans Get News From Facebook

by Christopher Freeburn | November 18, 2013 11:04 am

facebook screen 630 300x200 Study: Nearly 1/3 of Americans Get News From Facebook[1]With people spending more and more time tending to their social media presence, it’s not surprising to learn that a growing number learn about news events through those platforms[2].

According to data released by the Pew Research Center, 64% of American adults use Facebook (FB[3]) each month. Half of those users — 30% of Americans —  consider the social media website to be a news source, TechCrunch notes.

By contrast, only 8% of adults in the U.S. see Twitter (TWTR[4]) as a news outlet, while 10% turn to Google’s (GOOG[5]) YouTube to get news.

LinkedIn (LNKD[6]) is considered a news source by just 3% of American adults, which may be why the social networking website its looking to add more news content[7].

The Pew study found that Facebook is the most used social media platform among U.S. adults, followed by YouTube (51%), LinkedIn (19%), Twitter (16%), Pinterest (15%) and Google Plus (14%).

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Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/facebook-screen-630.jpg
  2. growing number learn about news events through those platforms: http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/14/pew-social-media-study-30-of-the-u-s-gets-news-via-facebook-reddit-has-the-most-news-hungry-regular-users/
  3. FB: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=FB
  4. TWTR: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=TWTR
  5. GOOG: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GOOG
  6. LNKD: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=LNKD
  7. looking to add more news content: http://investorplace.com/2013/09/linkedin-taps-google-grad-to-helm-ad-division/#.Uoo5SpG1Kf0
  8. FB Trouble: More Teens Dumping Facebook, Head to Messenger Apps: http://investorplace.com/2013/11/fb-trouble-teens-dumping-facebook-head-messenger-apps/#.Uoo3LZG1Kf0
  9. High School Basketball Coach Fired Over Facebook Photo: http://investorplace.com/2013/11/high-school-basketball-coach-fired-facebook-photo/#.Uoo3WZG1Kf0
  10. Moms Set Up ‘Secret’ Toddler-Bashing Facebook Group: http://investorplace.com/2013/11/moms-set-secret-toddler-bashing-facebook-group/#.Uoo3f5G1Kf0

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