Last week, insurgents stormed the US Capitol and wreaked havoc for hours there. The news traveled with the speed of light as people realized what was going on there.
Last week’s riots were trending on every social media platform. Simultaneously, insurgents also received their news from social media, and some would even argue that their actions were based on what they saw on their screens.
In the aftermath of the riots, people are wondering what the true power of social media is. How does the average American get its news, and what does that mean?
Pew Research, a no-partisan fact tank, revealed a report that deals with the topic of news and how Americans ingest their news nowadays. Their data and their findings reveal a lot on the topic.
Here are their key findings:
- Eight out of ten Americans claim that they often use smartphones, tablets, or PCs to get