Young people and their practices of access and consumption of news in social media

I. Amaral, P. Silveira

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Abstract

The transformations in the media landscape and their implications for the use of the media by the younger generations have been the object of study of several researches. Several studies on this problematic argue that young people are apathetic and have lack of interest in the "serious" issues of society and the world, such as lack of motivation to follow up on these topics. Assuming this theoretical framework, this paper aims to understand the ways of appropriation that young adults do of social media and how these can be as means for monitoring current events, as well as developing media literacy and civic participation. Through a qualitative methodology were conducted four focus groups with 24 Portuguese university students from different family and social backgrounds. The main conclusions reveal a passive and almost exclusive consumption of online information, scepticism and disbelief in relation to traditional media, distrust of digital media, generalization of the idea of "fake news", very reduced civic engagement and disbelief in the relevance of active participation, and perception that the younger generations are not real audiences of the news.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication12th International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED)
EditorsL. G. Chova, A. L. Martinez, I. C. Torres
Place of PublicationValencia
PublisherInternational Association of Technology, Education and Development
Pages3500-3506
ISBN (Print)9788469794807
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event12th International Technology, Education and Development Conference - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 5 Mar 20187 Mar 2018

Publication series

NameINTED Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2340-1079

Conference

Conference12th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Country/TerritorySpain
CityValencia
Period5/03/187/03/18

Keywords

  • Young people
  • Social media
  • News consumption
  • Social media audiences

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