Social media use for news in the United Kingdom (UK) 2014-2016, by demographic

This statistic displays the use of social media for news in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2014 to 2016, by demographic. Female respondents were more likely to use social media for news than men. During the 2016 survey, 64 percent of respondents aged 16 to 24 reported using social media for news.

Share of individuals who used social media sites to access news in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2014 to 2016, by demographic group**

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Release date

June 2017


United Kingdom

Survey time period

October 2016 to November 2016

Number of respondents


Age group

16 years and older

Special properties

all who use internet for news; data was weighted to reflect the UK population.

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* Number of respondents: n (2014): 1,029; n (2015): 1,141; n (2016): 1,393.
** The original survey question was phrased as follows:
"Q3b1 Which of the following websites, apps or alerts (on any device) used to get news nowadays?"

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