I read a statistic the other day that almost half the folks under forty say their primary news source is Facebook? That totally astounded me. Yes, Facebook is a nice tool to keep up with family and friends, and even some not-so-friends but a primary news source?
But maybe I am old-school when it comes to where I get my news. I want my news to be verifiable and truthful, not just someone’s personal feelings. I want it fact-checked before it is presented to me. It takes a lot of effort to accomplish this and that takes resources and organization.
Hearing what Uncle Harvey thinks about things just doesn’t rise to the “news” level for me. Hearing someone quote at best half-truths and often outright lies to reinforce their agenda is not news to me and many times those posts are from Russia or others who are trying to influence our thinking about America.
Maybe I don’t spend enough time on Facebook to be able to understand its validity as a news source. According to many sources many Americans spend about an hour a day on Facebook! I suspect the “Friend” count for those is probably in the hundreds if not thousands. I guess my 2 – 3 minutes a day on Facebook makes me almost a non-user!
How about you? Is Facebook the primary source for your news? I would love to hear from those who say “yes”as to why they give it that level of importance.