Facebook is home to over one billion users, and according to a new survey from Pew Research Center, 30 percent of U.S. adults consume news on Facebook.
Pew teamed up with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and collected responses from over 5,100 adults.
Out of the 30 percent, 78 percent mostly see news when doing something else, and 22 percent think Facebook is a useful way to get news.
Young adults ages 18 to 29 are very engaged with news on Facebook, and account for 34 percent of the U.S. adults who consume news.
26 percent more people consume news who responded with spending more than one hour per day on the social network.
Here are some other interesting stats:
- 42 percent of news consumers on Facebook watch local news.
- 23 percent often watch cable news.
- 21 percent read print newspapers.
- 49 percent get news on six or more topics.
- 73 percent get news related to entertainment.
- 65 percent are interested in local news, 57 percent in sports and 55 percent in national politics/government.
- 77 percent are interested in what friends are doing.
- 49 percent use Facebook to chat with friends and family.
- 26 percent log-in to post personal updates.
- 65 percent visit the social network multiple times per day.
“While only 38% of heavy news followers who get news on Facebook say the site is an important way they get news, that figure rises to 47% among those who follow the news less often. “If it wasn’t for Facebook news,” wrote one respondent, “I’d probably never really know what’s going on in the world because I don’t have time to keep up with the news on a bunch of different locations.”
How often do you get news from Facebook?