As we all know, social media play an important role in advancing the level of human interaction. But besides social networking, social media have also become the major news sources for many American adults. “I guess I usually get my news from Twitter,” Mariah Rasmussen, Senior at PLU, said.
Social networking websites like reddit, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Tumblr, YouTube, etc. provide a platform for news and generate a great amount of readership from their users on a daily basis (Figure 1).
As people-press.org reported in 2013, approximately half of the Facebook and Twitter users gather news on those websites (Figure 2). And Facebook is currently the most popular avenue from which U.S adults gather news.
With social media blended it, news get to be spread out not only among more people but also in less amount of time. While this pathway to news is easier to get access to, more time efficient, and friendlier to the environment, the future of print news product is at risk.