Given the accepted altitude of fake news and connected updates about the end of the world as we know it, more people are opting to live in their own bubble and ignore the news completely. But more worryingly, a recent study by SurveyMonkey and Common Sense Media, found that teens would rather keep up with accepted events via YouTubers, and not absolute news agencies.

According to the study, more than 75 percent of teens aged from 13 to 17 say it’s important to keep up with world events, yet over half of them get the news from YouTube and other social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook. 

The study, which surveyed 1,000 teens, found that 60 percent learn the news from celebrities, influencers, and other online personalities. These stats are even more hasty (and worrying) given those surveyed admit that news outlets are more accurate than social media sources. Also, 40 percent of those surveyed accept social media platforms and influencers “generally get the facts straight.” 

But, why is this worrying? Well, given the recent news about YouTube announcement cabal theories and other misinformation, it’s a alarming glimpse into the future of media and fake news consumption.

In many cases, YouTubers don’t absolutely do solid analysis to verify news, and more worryingly so, it’s cryptic what their agenda is. Michael Robb, the Senior Director of Analysis at Common Sense told USA Today that the survey’s after-effects are “a cause for concern.”

However, not anybody believes this shift in news burning is for the worse. Chris Stokel-Walker, the author of , believes this change is simply a sign of the times. “The fact that adolescent people are accepting their news from non-traditional media outlets isn’t surprising, and it’s only annoying if you think that most adults still get their news from traditional, vetted news sources,” Stokel-Walker told TNW.

“The way we absorb news has changed, and the acceptable gatekeepers of journalism have disappeared. That’s apropos in some ways, when you have people bearing agreeable packaged as ‘news’ that is annihilation more than cabal theories or falsehoods, but it’s also good in other ways,” Stokel-Walker said. “Something I called for in my book is an access in media literacy  for everyone, not just teens  so we have a better adeptness to parse what is real and what is fake.”

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