I will admit it-- I am one of "those" people who still like to read an actual newspaper... #shockingIknow (and yes I am also one of those people who use hashtags in email, texts and blogs- just to make a point, but that is a blog for another day)!
But why is it shocking?
Because I am a “younger” Gen X'er who is supposed to be "into” technology?
Because no one reads the physical hard copy of the paper any longer?
Because that is what "old" people do?
But on to the point of this blog… Recently I attended the PRSA Western District Conference and one of the sessions I attended was entitled Social Media Barometer presented by Martin Waxman. In his presentation, he discussed the new generation gap and that "40 percent of those under 40 get their news from social media."
What -- 40 percent? This number is staggering to me, for many reasons. Social media has not been considered a "news source" in the past.
A way to communicate? Yes
A place to stay up-to-date with friends/family/celebrities? Yes
A place for reliable news? Well that is debatable….
If it is in fact now a news source how accurate is it? Is this age of super-fast technology also contributing to news outlets trying to be FIRST and providing inaccurate information? Does it matter?
If the “new younger generations are accessing everything online” and according to Waxman "mobility means never having to say you can't reach me" – and the news can always reach you first, what is going to happen to the print publications and the reliability of news as we know it?
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