Turning of teenagers in the UK get their news from social media rather than traditional news channels to stay up to date, new Ofcom research has found. For the first time, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube are now the most popular news sources among 12-15 year olds. Yih-Choung Teh, director of Ofcom’s strategy and research group, said: “Today’s teenagers are increasingly unlikely to pick up a newspaper or tune in to TV news, preferring to keep up to date by scrolling through their social networks.
“And while young people find news on social media less trustworthy, they rate these services higher for offering a variety of opinions on current stories.” According to the figures, Instagram was the most popular among young people and was used by 29% of teenagers, ahead of TikTok and YouTube, both of which were used by 28%.
ITV news, including ITV’s regional news bulletins, came in fourth place, while the BBC’s two main channels, one and two, historically the most popular news source among this age group, were relegated to fifth. place, Ofcom said.
The number of teens using these channels for news has dropped from almost half (45%) five years ago to around a quarter (24%) now.
However, trust in social media news sources varies: half of YouTube and Twitter users believe they provide trustworthy news. Despite its popularity, less than a third of teens (30%) trust news content on TikTok. Turning of teenagers to instgram or other means of social media is trending.
News viewing on BBC One, BBC Two, the BBC News Channel, ITV and Sky News is now below pre-pandemic levels, which Ofcom says is part of a long-term decline in TV viewing. traditional television news. However, TV news remains the most trusted source of news among UK adults, with social media considered the least trustworthy.