Social networking site Facebook Users are interact with a small number of news sources, despite a plethora of outlets to choose from, a new study suggests. The activities million Facebook users between January 2010 and December 2015, who interacted with 920 different news outlets.
tracking likes, shares and comments on news stories posted on Facebook, researchers led by Walter Quattrociocchi of the IMT School for Advanced Studies in Italy, people were engaging with and how long. The Facebook huge number of news sources to choose from, users each typically fixated on just a handful of pages to engage with.
The more active users likes, shares and comments, person was to focus their energy on sources, ‘Live Science’ reported. “There is a natural tendency of the users to confine their activity on a limited set of pages,” Quattrociocchi said. “According to our findings, news consumption on Facebook is dominated by selective exposure,” he said. Every one user also looked at a limited constellation of news outlets, the researchers found. The study was published in journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.