Social media isn't the main force driving most partisan news consumption
A lot of researchers, journalists, and commentators blame social media for political and cultural polarization in the United States, but a new study suggests that another, older form of media could bear far more responsibility for divisions in the country.
In a study published July 13 in the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances, a group of researchers used data on the news consumption habits of thousands of people to study how Americans actually get their news. After analyzing the TV watching habits of 85,000 Americans and the internet news reading habits of 60,000 Americans, the researchers concluded that TV is a more potent source of partisan news than the internet.
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