How Teens Are Accessing News in the Technology Boom

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Zachary Vandermeer reads up on a recent story on Buzzfeed.

Imagine being in another country, with little contact with your family, and the only thing connecting you to your home is the daily news.

Jessie Zhao, a senior from Shanghai, China watches the news every night with her father when she’s at home. But on campus, she only looks at news when she sees or hears something interesting. Finding news online while at home in China can be hard because sites like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are blocked.

Saday Guliyev, a junior from Azerbaijan accesses American news more often than news from home. Why? He reads New York Times every morning because he says most of the newspapers coming out of Azerbaijan are unreliable. He has one reliable source for news from home that he reads three to five times a week. When he contacts his family, they tell him about bigger news stories than he would get otherwise.

Alex Pasquin Canas, senior, from Spain also accesses news from America more than news from home. He claims that he doesn’t have the time to watch international news, because he is too focused on his studies. When Alex heard about Teresa Romero Ramos, a nurse in Madrid who contracted Ebola, he said, “I felt worried, but I knew that only one person had that and no one else did.” He admits that being away from home and seeing the news can be hard for him

“…because you don’t really know what’s going on and if the problem is too big or not.”

According to Dailymail.co.uk, accessing the news on the internet surpassed reading a newspaper for the first time in 2011. With the new uproar of technology, newspapers are out, and news sites are in. It is rare to see someone actually reading a newspaper if they are under the age of twenty.

Legacy platforms, like newspapers, seemed to be going out of style, but “McKinsey data show 35 percent of news consumption remains in newspapers and magazines, 16 percent in radio and other audio, and 41 percent television. Smart phones and tablets each account for two percent of time spent and desktop/laptop four percent.”

According to Poynter.org., new research conducted in 2013 shows that 92 percent of news consumption is still on legacy platforms.

Six out of 32, or approximately 19 percent, of students who live in the dorms said in a Carpe Diem survey that they read the newspaper at least once a week. Nineteen out of the same thirty-two said they rely on their friends for the latest news stories. Where are the rest getting the information? The internet of course. A whopping seventy-five percent of the thirty-two students would rather read a website “newspaper” than actually thumb through the pages. The same amount of students that rely on their friends, rely on social media to get their news.

How accurate is news from social media? It all depends on what you look at. Sometimes, news stations like CNN, WMTW, Good Morning America, etc. post their popular stories on Facebook and Twitter. This gives easy access to new readers of the station’s website. Social media is one of the most popular ways to access the news. However, reading a little chunk of “news” that one of your friends posted in an attempt to sound smart may not be the best way to go. With the explosion of sites like Buzzfeed, teens are finding it much easier and more appealing to access the news on a younger looking, user-friendly, brightly colored webpage.

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