In today’s society, information is power, and how and from whom we receive out information from can mean the difference between success and failure in the modern society. In this case, the question remains, where to college students receive their news from? How often do they look up news worthy information? And how much do they trust their own sources of information’s. From the four students I have interviewed, only one person relies on Facebook or social media for their news or information. First of all, especially at Unity, we are taught to be thorough with our information gathering, and it is surprises me that someone relies wholly on social media. Furthermore, the social media student only checks new feed around 2 times a week, and only really trusts their information about 75% of the time, so quite honestly, this seems about average for the general use of social media. However, he later describes how he uses different news sites less frequently than Facebook. In this case, he goes on to say that he uses such news sites as Young Turks, Vice News, PBS, and NPR, with the same amount of trust as his information from Facebook
With the next subjects, I noticed a slight trend among them. The trend itself would be their type of sites that they use. The other 3 students used new sites such as BBC, Vice News, The Guardian, and a handful of exceptions of sites for other news networks. Student 2 uses the news sites France 24, and tends to check daily, and believes the credibility of 85% of the news given through his news sites. Student 3 uses BBC, but he also used the on phone app for BBC as well as the website itself. He tended to check the sites daily for about 1 hour. And he chooses to believe 80% of the news given from his news sites. Student 4 is the more skewed off the group trend wise. Not only does he also use the apps for his news sites, and a new website called Democracy Now. In addition, he also checks the news the most often at around 3–5 checks per day. In addition, he tends to believe 80–90% of the information from there news sites.
Quite honestly, for students with each with a different major and philosophy, I find the trends of each student rather surprising. Even though the major trends of research and information gathering could be the same, it wouldn’t exactly be unusual for students with different habits to be able to research there news more differently than these students. However, considering the similarity in demographics, tastes, and interests present in such a small college, a trend of sorts would be formed almost no matter how great of a demographic is chosen throughout the single college.
Knowledge is power, and can change the tide of an entire generation. All that needs to begin the change is just a simple twinge of curiosity. In today’s society, it must be imperative for future generations to know how to search and comprehend news and information. That is the key to a successful future.