Generation Z and The Media
March 14, 2020
One would have thought there was a treasure trove in the back of the library at Cherry Hill East the day of the Kavanaugh hearings, but in fact, it was just a TV playing CNN. Generation Z’s relationship with media has drastically changed this election. No longer does America’s youngest generation crowd around a TV in anticipation of the 6 p.m. news, now, news articles and videos are being consumed in classrooms, lunchrooms and the library at the touch of a button or click of a remote.
First, some statistics: a whopping 95 percent of teens have access to a smartphone, according to a Pew Reseach Poll meaning that news alerts can reach a vast majority of Generation Z teens. In that same poll, 16 percent of teens who reported that social media was a positive influence on their life said that they used social media mostly for news. This social media presence has influenced the midterm elections. Celebrities such as Taylor Swift have utilized social media to get out the vote.
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