Social Media impacts how users consume the news

Social Media impacts how users consume the news

Instagram, Facebook, Tiktok, Snapchat, and hundreds of less notable sites around the world, more often than not have a news function for its users. The consumer bases of some of the following sites have billions of people worldwide, making social media a nominal societal pillar. In recent years, social media has both positively and negatively impacted the consumption of news. 

The easy interfaces of Instagram, Facebook, and Tiktok are typical for easy access information that is quickly delivered to their audiences. A single 20-second video can tell everything one needs to know about current events or recent political developments. Additionally, the platforms allow for more diverse information to be spread. Users have options from where their news comes from: whether that be from friends or from legitimate new organizations. Overall, the following factors have resulted in more and wider consumption of news media with a 2015 study reporting that 88 percent of millennials say they get some news from Facebook”… and “60 percent of those aged 30-39 and 40 percent of 40-59 year-olds.”

However, the same convenience and ease of use can result in harmful societal consequences. The sheer amount of information on social media platforms can lead to the propagation of unreliable or false news. According to Buccan Public Relations, news can be “gather(ed)…from both professional and personal sources,” and at times, the “relevance, usefulness and accuracy of content” are questionable.” To build on the negative impacts. 

Pros: Simple, easy access. Very convenient to receive and share the news. Allows users to interact with other people who may share their opinions.

Cons: There could be interference, getting news from social media can include a lot of personal opinion and interference that would not otherwise be shared by a more customary news source. Anyone can post anything on social media, which can make anything we read on there questionable and possibly unreliable.