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Less than a decade ago, just reading the news on a mobile phone was revolutionary. Times have changed. As social media, messaging apps and virtual reality rise, the ways people consume media are evolving – and youth are leading the way. Knight Foundation researchers Mary Madden, Amanda Lenhart and Claire Fontaine explore how young people experience news in 2017. For those familiar with media trends, the report may retread known ground, but nuggets of new information nevertheless make this a worthy read. getAbstract recommends this to marketers targeting a younger crowd. 

In this summary, you will learn

  • How technological advances and the rise of user-generated content affect how young people experience news,
  • What teenagers and young adults think about the media’s accuracy and objectivity, and
  • How youth verify facts within a glut of social media–powered information in 2017. 

About the Authors

Mary MaddenAmanda Lenhart and Claire Fontaine are researchers who specialize in youth and technology.



Evolving technologies like blogs, messaging apps and social media, and rising mobile use shape news consumption. In 2015, more people accessed the top 50 news websites on their mobile devices rather than on desktop computers. The Knight Foundation studied how 52 young people ages 14 to 24 consume news in 2017. Major findings include:

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