Pew Research Center released the results of its two-part study, which analyzed the news consumption habits of U.S. adults. The findings showed TV remains the dominate source of news information for U.S. adults, as 57 percent of respondents said they ‘often’ get TV-based news. In addition, 38 percent of respondents said they ‘often’ get news from online sources, including social media, websites and apps.

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The study found mobile news consumption has increased, as 72 percent of U.S. adults said they ‘ever’ get news on mobile devices, up from 54 percent in 2013. Two-thirds (66 percent) of respondents said they get news from both mobile devices and desktops/laptops, and of those users, 56 percent said they preferred mobile.

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In terms of the trustworthiness of news sources, 22 percent of U.S. adults said they had ‘a lot’ of trust in the information they receive from local news organizations, while 60 percent said they had ‘some’ trust in the information they receive from those sources. For national news organizations, 18 percent of respondents said they had ‘a lot’ of trust in the information they receive from those sources, while 59 percent had ‘some’ trust.

When it comes to social media, the report showed only four percent of web-using U.S. adults said they had ‘a lot’ of trust in the information they receive from social media, while 30 percent said they had ‘some’ trust in that information.

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Elsewhere, 26 percent of social media news consumers said they ‘often’ click on links to news stories on social media, while 54 percent said they ‘sometimes’ do. In addition, the report showed 11 percent of social media news consumers ‘often’ share or repost news stories on social media, while 38 percent said they ‘sometimes’ do. Finally, only five percent of social media news consumers said they ‘often’ discuss issues in the news on social media, while 26 percent said they ‘sometimes’ do.

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Pew’s complete report is available here.

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