One-in-five U.S. adults say they often get news via social media, higher than the percent who often do so from print newspapers (16%) for the first time since Pew Research Center began asking these questions, according to a Pew survey done this year. http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/12/10/social-media-outpaces-print-newspapers-in-the-u-s-as-a-news-source/
In 2017, the percent who got news via social media was about the same as the percent who got news from print papers, Pew reports.
Television remains the top platform for news consumption, but its numbers have fallen since 2016, Pew says. News websites are the next most popular source, then radio, then social media sites and print papers.
Among the three different types of TV news asked about, local TV is the most popular type of TV news, with 37 percent getting news there often, compared with 30 percent who get cable TV news often and 25 percent who often watch national evening network news, Pew says.
Fewer young people in the U.S. use television news, with only 16 percent of those 18 to 29 and 36 percent of those 30 to 49 get news often from television.