A Southeastern survey sent out on March 24 collected from social media found that most people get their news from social media.
The survey had 77 participants and contained questions about their age, where do they find their news, and credibility of the news. Responses varied but many participants stated that they always check the credibility of the news site they use.
Of the 77 participants, 48 were over the age of 44, 13 were between the ages of 17 and 25, 13 were between the ages of 35 and 43, and 3 were between the ages of 26 and 34.
Fake news, what is it?
Fake news has become a phenomenon created by U.S. President Donald Trump, but it has been around for decades. “Fake news is exactly what it sounds like: a made-up story. The term is new but traditionally, it could’ve meant stories that were passed off as true and believed to be true by everyone because it came from a credible news outlet,” Perryn Keys, a sports reporter at the Advocate, said.
In a world of fake news, Keys stated that it is important to uncover the truth. “Wouldn’t you want to know that the news you’re consuming is truthful?”
Is social media a blessing or a curse?
Out of the 77 responses from the survey, more than half of the participants reported that they find their news from social media. However, fake news can also be created through social media.
Daijah Alexander, a Southeastern student, says that fake news can be seen on social media and it is the things that you cannot find a source for other than social media. “I feel like that’s what’s wrong with our generation. They want to go buy everything without putting facts and statistics on it.”
Alexander also says that Twitter is for entertainment, and the content should be researched. “They’re [on Twitter] going to put something fake instead of something real. You’re going to have to do a bit more research.”
“It seems as if it’s a lot easier to get people spreading bad information via word of mouth or social media. Then if it gets repeated enough, people assume it to be true,” Keys said.
Is credibility important?
Out of the 77 participants, only 23 people reported that they found their news from family and/or friends. Many also reported that they research any news information that they find from their family and/or friends.
Fake news impacts the way people view the media. “It makes people not want to trust their media outlets,” Jaidan Daniels, a Southeastern student, said.
“In a way, that’s why a lot of the media are seen in a bad light,” Keys said. “We all get branded as lazy or someone who’s perpetuating lies. That’s probably part of the reason why the public opinion of media in general is so low these days.”