Stats and Studies: Why We Need Media Literacy

Study after study shows us that news and social media literacy training are essential in our schools and for adults:

  • 63% of adults agree that “the average person does not know how to tell good journalism from rumor or falsehoods.”
  • 59% said, “it is becoming harder to tell if a piece of news was produced by a respected media organization.”
  • 73% are still worried about fake news being used as a weapon.

From The Edelman Trust Barometer 2019 and The Edelman Trust Barometer 2018

  • 44 percent of children feel they can tell fake news stories from real ones.
  • However, 31 percent of kids who shared a news story online in the last six months realized later it was wrong or inaccurate.

From a 2017 Common Sense Media Report

  • 95% of teens today have access to a smartphone.
  • 45% of teens report being online almost constantly.

From The Pew Research Center Study 2018 Teens, Social Media and Technology

Some of my favorite articles and studies about Media Literacy:

2019 Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy

How to Teach Students Historical Inquiry Through Media Literacy And Critical Thinking

“Many students are not good at evaluating the credibility of what they see and read online according to a now-famous Stanford study that was released just after the 2016 election. And while it’s true that 82 percent of middle schoolers couldn’t tell the difference between a native advertisement and a news article, neither could 59 percent of adults in a study conducted by the advertising industry.”

2016 Stanford University Study: Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning

How your Brain Tricks You into Believing Fake News

For more articles and resources, check out my Media Literacy Pinterest collection.