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Social Media Surpasses Traditional Newspapers as a Primary News Source

December 07, 2018 / Matt Southern

For the first time, more US adults are saying they regularly get news from social media compared to newspapers. In a study from Pew Research Center, 20 percent of US adults say they often get their news from social media, while 16 percent turn to newspapers. That means social media is now the fourth most popular source of news. Television is still the most popular news source by a wide margin, although it has been on a steady decline over the past three years. Websites are growing as a news source and, surprisingly, radio is growing as well.