Teenagers’ Media Use Pattern: Focusing the Usefulness and Consumption of News


The study emphasize changed behavior pattern of media on teenagers after arrival of smart media era. Focusing more on the issue that was not dealt heavily in the preceding research, teenagers. Especially, this study examined teenager’s news consumption pattern. The survey showed that social media like Facebook is the most used media among teenagers, recording average use of 2 hours per day. Smart phones were most practically used platforms to watch news through the mobile internet followed by social media. In term of average hours spent watching the news. Social media was rated as number one media used recording 51 minutes, which left television and major internet news portals aside. As the average have answered ‘Average’ for usefulness of the news, specific text analysis had been performed applying word clouds by different groups. In the final phase, an exploratory analysis on level of expressing opinions and the reasons behind the act of not watching news had been examined. This study had revealed that social media is major media source of teenagers and confirmed that social media not used as platforms for news but also subscribed news via social media. Interestingly, difference between genders has shown in media used browsing news: Fixed Internet(desktop) was used more often among the male student while mobile internet(smart phone) were used more among the female students. Base on the results, several indicators on media, in terms of its use of teenagers and media education, had been deduced.

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InHye Choi, Educational Broadcasting System, South Korea
HongLim Jeong, Daewon Foreign Language High School, South Korea

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Conference: MediAsia2016
Stream: Social Media & Communication Technology

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