June 30, 2012

Nearly Half of Young Adults Participate Politically Online, New Survey Finds

NEARLY HALF of the nation's young adults in the United States receive their news at least once a week from their family and friends through social media, according to a new survey released from the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics.

The survey found that 45 percent of people between the ages of 15 and 25 receive their news through Facebook and Twitter. This compares with the 49 percent who read the news at least once a week in newspapers and magazines.

The data also found that 84 percent of the young adults and teens surveyed said that they would benefit from learning how to tell if the material that they come across online is trustworthy.

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