Is TV to Blame for Older People—Not Youth—Falling for Fake News? A Study Suggests Yes

I'm fake news, who the hell are you?

Now THIS is interesting. Could it be that unpacking fake news has a generational element to it we often gloss over? This essay from The Atlantic suggests so. It t begins:

Americans over 50 are worse than younger people at telling facts from opinions, according to a new study by Pew Research Center.

Given 10 statements, five each of fact and opinion, younger Americans correctly identified both the facts and the opinions at higher rates than older Americans did. Forty-four percent of younger people identified all five opinions as opinions, while only 26 percent of older people did. And 18-to-29-year-olds performed more than twice as well as the 65+ set. Of the latter group, only 17 percent classified all five facts as factual statements.

To see the original Pew Report, click here.

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