Students Conclude Internet is the Best News Source in Survey
By: Max O’Neil
EUGENE, Ore – Results from a survey conducted last week show that University of Oregon students are using social media platforms and the internet to receive and consume news.
Most students are not looking to newspapers. Rather they are watching videos or listening to podcasts from an iPad or Kindle, and reading push notifications instead of full stories from their smartphones. Students that are reading newspapers are doing so online before they do in print.
Senior Mitch Rivet, a double major in jazz studies and mathematics, refers to various websites either on his laptop or iPad to find news. He uses both devices to also listen to live radio or podcasts. “I kind of hate to admit it, but I use Reddit for a lot of my news,” said Rivet. Reddit is a social news and entertainment source solely based online.
Publications Rivet typically refers to include NPR, The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Economist. On average he said he spends about 4 hours a day on the internet. For social media he uses Google Plus.
Connor Martin, a junior music composition major, finds news he reads from Reddit, Pitchfork.com, and NPR. “I probably spend 5 hours online,” said Martin. “Oh God, that’s way too much time online.” Martin added that he is not involved in any way with social media.
Yuting Wang is a junior majoring in mathematics and for news often searches YouTube and Yahoo News from her laptop or iPhone. She is also involved with social media. “I use Facebook. But, I also use RenRen,” Wang said. “It is a lot like Facebook, but not used globally, just in China.”
RenRen is the most popular social network in China, commonly used by college students. Wang said she spends about 3 hours a day on the internet.
A contributing factor to the survey results is the possession and frequent use of portable electronic devices allowing students to consume news through multiple mediums. The use of these devices allows students to stay up to date with the latest news almost wherever they go.