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Everything But the News: Despite the Boom of Social Media the Youth’s Daily News Consumption Still Relies on Traditional News Sources

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Social media as well as the internet in general play an important role in the lives of young people today. The consumption of political news strongly differs from that of the elderly and is stamped by digital media. Moreover adolescents inform themselves less actively about politics – the duty to keep informed has decreased constantly in the last years. According to present research social media is not as important when it comes to political information. The use of social media is to a greater degree an apolitical one and is heavily determined by motives concerning interpersonal communication.

The basic research question of our study has been: What do citizens and particularly young citizens know about politics and the daily news to actively take part in democracy? The empirical basis is a representative survey of 1,800 people in Germany, among them 600 adolescents (disproportional sample), about their awareness and knowledge of the previous day’s most relevant news. Over a 30 days period each day the two most important news items were chosen by a panel of scholars and top journalists on the basis of their relevance for understanding the political process. Respondents were asked about their awareness of the news items and about their primary and secondary news sources including traditional and online media as well as social networks.

First analyses show that adolescents differ significantly from the elderly. The older the respondents the more often they have known and informed themselves about both these most relevant news topics. Usually the first news story was better known than the second one. Adolescents stated more often to be just aware of the news stories without having further informed themselves about them. The results show that social media such as twitter, blogs and social networks do not matter for creating awareness of daily news on politics and public affairs. The most important news media for both adolescents and the elderly still is television. In comparison with the elderly, adolescents tend to use internet sources more often. But on the whole also young people still bank on the traditional news media.
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Donsbach, Wolfgang., Rentsch, Mathias. and Walter, Cornelia. "Everything But the News: Despite the Boom of Social Media the Youth’s Daily News Consumption Still Relies on Traditional News Sources" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, TBA, Boston, MA, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p490374_index.html>

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Donsbach, W. , Rentsch, M. and Walter, C. "Everything But the News: Despite the Boom of Social Media the Youth’s Daily News Consumption Still Relies on Traditional News Sources" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, TBA, Boston, MA <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p490374_index.html

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Abstract: Social media as well as the internet in general play an important role in the lives of young people today. The consumption of political news strongly differs from that of the elderly and is stamped by digital media. Moreover adolescents inform themselves less actively about politics – the duty to keep informed has decreased constantly in the last years. According to present research social media is not as important when it comes to political information. The use of social media is to a greater degree an apolitical one and is heavily determined by motives concerning interpersonal communication.

The basic research question of our study has been: What do citizens and particularly young citizens know about politics and the daily news to actively take part in democracy? The empirical basis is a representative survey of 1,800 people in Germany, among them 600 adolescents (disproportional sample), about their awareness and knowledge of the previous day’s most relevant news. Over a 30 days period each day the two most important news items were chosen by a panel of scholars and top journalists on the basis of their relevance for understanding the political process. Respondents were asked about their awareness of the news items and about their primary and secondary news sources including traditional and online media as well as social networks.

First analyses show that adolescents differ significantly from the elderly. The older the respondents the more often they have known and informed themselves about both these most relevant news topics. Usually the first news story was better known than the second one. Adolescents stated more often to be just aware of the news stories without having further informed themselves about them. The results show that social media such as twitter, blogs and social networks do not matter for creating awareness of daily news on politics and public affairs. The most important news media for both adolescents and the elderly still is television. In comparison with the elderly, adolescents tend to use internet sources more often. But on the whole also young people still bank on the traditional news media.


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