Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Study: Youth View The News As 'Garbage'

Millennials couldn't care less about the news.

Tyler Kingkade at huffpo writes that's according to the research of University of Texas at Austin journalism professor Paula Poindexter. Young people do not make it a priority to stay informed because they feel that media talks down to them, comes off as propaganda or is just plain boring, Poindexter found. They also think most news media do not cover issues important to them.

Some of her findings for her new book, “Millennials, News, and Social Media: Is News Engagement a Thing of the Past?", include:

Most millennials give the news media average to failing grades when it comes to reporting on their generation.
Millennials describe news as garbage, lies, one-sided, propaganda, repetitive and boring.
When they consume news, millennials are more likely than their baby boomer parents to access news with smartphones and apps and share news through social media, texting and email.

Most millennials do not depend on news to help with their daily lives.

The majority of millennials do not feel being informed is important.

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