Social media a major news resource for college students


Student checks her phone at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Madison Rexroat

Many students receive information about the election and other general news from their phones more than any other source, according to a report by USA Today College.

This is not to say college students don’t read news as much as older generations, just that they use a different medium: social media.

In a 2016 Pew Research study, 35% of millennials cited social media as their top news source, with just 12% citing cable TV.

The most popular resources are Facebook and Twitter, and with Snapchat adding news stories to the app, it might become a popular news source, as well.

Millennials now make up a significant – and potentially influential – portion of the voting population, so election news sources could play a major role in the upcoming election.

See the full article on USA Today College here