This is no surprise.
A new report from Pew Research makes an attempt to better understand U.S. adults who get their news largely from social media platforms, and compare their understanding of current events and political knowledge to those who use other sources, like TV, radio and news publications. The top-level finding, according to Pew, is that social media news consumers tend to follow the news less closely and end up less informed on several key subjects.
That seems to reinforce a belief that many people already hold, of course — that people who get their news primarily from Facebook, for example, aren’t as informed.
SM does not attract the brightest bulbs. That, coupled with the woeful state of the “information” provided on SM (if any), easily explains the lack of knowledge. Across the board, except for independent sources (in all media), the same story is generally put forth by the same usual suspects. Discerning minds are frequently able to spot narratives and falsehoods wherever found. But that leads back to the lower IQs of people on SM, along with those watching TeeVee and reading, on-screen or in print. They get the same mass messages from Langley and Madison Avenue.
Of course, SM users get those delightful cat videos and such.