Given the current climate of fake news and continuous updates about the end of the world as we know it, more people are opting to live in their own bubble and ignore the news completely.
But more worryingly, a recent study by SurveyMonkey and Common Sense Media, found that teens would rather keep up with current events via YouTubers, and not verified news agencies.
According to the study, more than 75 percent of teens aged from 13 to 17 say it’s important to keep up with world events, yet over half of them get the news from YouTube and other social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook.
The study, which surveyed 1,000 teens, found that 60 percent learn the news from celebrities, influencers, and other online personalities.
These stats are even more surprising (and worrying) given those surveyed admit that news outlets are more trustworthy than social media sources.
Also, 40 percent of those surveyed believe social media platforms and influencers “generally get the facts straight.”