Classifying millennial news consumers

Washington D.C, Sept 27 (ANI): Classifying millennial news consumers, research have revealed new strategies for connecting with the generation.

The new study, which explores the news habits of Millennials and identifies four distinct groups of news consumers, found that as it relates to their information use and the way they consume information about different topics, adults age 18 to 34 are not a monolithic group.

The survey results identify the following groups of Millennials who share certain characteristics in their information consumption: the Unattached, the Explorers, the Distracted, and the Activists.

This study identifies truly distinct characteristics that typify each group of news consumers and identifies challenges and opportunities for news publishers attempting to reach the Millennial audience, said Trevor Tompson.

Some of the key characteristics of each group include:

The Unattached: Younger, age 18-24, bump into news, rather than seeking it out. Most have not yet started families or established careers. They primarily go online for social or entertainment activities, and few follow current events. Most do not pay for news, but many still keep up generally with what is going on in the world and are open to differing opinions.

The Explorers: Younger, also age 18-24, actively seek out news and information; many demographic similarities to the Unattached, but slightly more men than women. They tend to follow a variety of current events and news-you-can-use topics. Many believe in the social and civic benefits of following news.

The Distracted: Older, age 25-34, many have families and are part of the middle class. They tend to not use news for civic or social purposes. They do not actively seek news out and tend to mainly follow lifestyle and news-you-can use topics with direct relevance to their daily lives.

The Activists: Older, age 25-34, actively seek out news and information. They tend to have already established families, careers, and a connection to their community. They are racially and ethnically diverse and experienced enough in the world to care about certain issues, and they have enough stability in life to spend energy on those issues. A majority of these Millennials personally pay for a digital or print news subscription.

The study provides key insights as well as concrete recommendations for publishers wishing to reach Millennials, said Tom Rosenstiel. (ANI)

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