Data Story: Facebook and Feeling Informed

The rise of media and technology has brought a lot of advantages and advances to the way people receive and see news. With social media and the use of easily adding your own perspective to a topic, how often do we really use these sources as a way to feel informed?

There are over 1.7 billion users on Facebook today. With that being said, most of them are not going to be active or even real accounts. With the younger generations being the more in-tune to these media outlets, the younger generation is more opt to using Facebook as their use of news consumption.

With an online survey conducted of over 390 Facebook users, the information was gathered about users and their actual use of Facebook.

Did they simply use Facebook as a way to express themselves, stay connected, stay informed etc.. 

Some findings of this study, was that if someone sees a story on Facebook, even if the link is not clicked they are less likely to turn to the news or papers to find out more. They can read similar comments and thoughts and feel informed enough to create a thought on the matter.

screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-11-22-04-am                                This chart shows us just how often people use Facebook as a means to collect news information. With only a selected number of respondents to the survey, it is not 100% accurate however this survey is a rough estimate on just how much media and especially Facebook play a role in our daily lives.

With the inclusion of news sources to Facebook, news sites posting on their own Facebook walls and making comments on stories, it helps readers feel informed. They do not need to wake up to the morning news, or stay up for their late night show. They can feel as informed as any other news watcher just by keeping up with their personal social media outlets.


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