Quebecers turn to social media for news, but trust traditional sources: study

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A third of adult Quebecers use social media as their main source of information, rising to 67% among 18 to 24 year olds.

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They may trust traditional sources of information, such as newspapers and television, more, but a growing number of Quebecers are getting their news from social media, according to a new study.

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The results of the study published Wednesday by the Academy of Digital Transformation at Laval University show that one in three Quebec adults uses social media as their main source of information. This proportion increases to 50% for respondents aged 25 to 34 and to 67% for those aged 18 to 24.

However, the study found that 67% of Quebecers trust news published or broadcast by newspapers, radio and television, compared to 25% who trust social media.

Last year, television was the most used source of information by 64% of respondents.

The study found that 78% of respondents use one or more social platforms, with 84% using Facebook, which was also the most popular platform for work.

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Quebec adults spend an average of more than 3.5 hours a day on social media; 41% spend one to three hours online; 26% online for three to six hours and 13% spend more than six hours on the Internet.

The survey found that 30% of respondents had trouble disconnecting from cyberspace, a proportion that jumps to 54% for those aged 18 to 34.

Meanwhile, 30% of respondents said they listen to podcasts, particularly men, respondents aged 18-44 and those with a college degree. The most popular podcast topics are music, news, and movies and TV.

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