If you're between the ages of 18 and 34, chances are you're reading this on a smartphone and that you got here through Facebook.
According to a new study that looks at how millennials access news, the social-networking site has emerged as the dominant news portal for young adults across all ethnicities. The survey, conducted by the Media Insight Project, found that 81 percent of millennials find news and information on Facebook at least once a week.
Yet, there are some differences in the ways that blacks, Latinos, and whites access and digest news. Whites say they primarily use Facebook to connect with their friends. Latinos and African Americans see the site more as a way to get information about news events.
While young people across all ethnicities use Twitter, Reddit, Pinterest, and Tumblr to get news at about the same rates, YouTube and Instagram are more popular among Latinos and African Americans.
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There are also differences in the ways these three ethnic groups spend their time online. Latinos are less likely than whites to play games or pursue hobbies online. African-American millennials are about twice as likely as whites and Latinos to follow pop culture. Blacks are three times as likely as whites and twice as likely as Latinos to follow news about style, beauty, and fashion. Whites and Latinos are somewhat more likely to follow news about technology, the environment, and foreign affairs.
81 percent of millennials find news and information on Facebook at least once a week.
While whites and Latinos are most likely to follow traffic and weather, African Americans are most likely to follow crime and public safety. As the report notes, the data was collected in January and February of 2015, when officer-involved shootings of young black men were dominating media coverage. African Americans are also more likely to follow news about schools and education.