Most Vietnamese get news from social media, survey finds

Vietnamese people love social media, their regular source of daily news, a new survey has found. Vietnam comes fourth in a survey conducted by Pew Research Center to find out how often people in 38 countries, including both advanced and developing ones, turn to social media to get the news. While getting news online daily is more common in advanced economies (median of 54 percent) than in emerging and developing ones (median of 23 percent), the difference subsides when only news from social media is taken into account, according to the survey. “People in advanced economies (median of 36 percent) use social media daily for news at similar rates to those in emerging or developing economies (33 percent),” the Pew Research Center said in a report. South Korea takes the throne with 57 percent of respondents saying they used social media to get the news several times a day or once a day, followed by Lebanon with 52 percent, Argentina with 51 percent and Vietnam with 48 percent, according to the survey released on Thursday by the nonpartisan American think tank. In 37 of the 38 countries studied, adults aged 18 to 29 were more likely than those 50 and older to use social media at least once a day for news. In 10 countries, the gap is at least 50 percentage points, with the biggest difference recorded in Vietnam, at 78 points. Specifically, as many as 81 percent of Vietnamese respondents aged 18-29 use social media daily to access… [Read full story]


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