It may come as no surprise but a new report has found the majority of Aussies aren’t reading newspapers anymore.

The study by the University of Canberra looked at our news consumption habits and found 80% of people hadn’t read a newspaper or magazine in the past week, a figure that was double what it was back in 2016.

The report also found that use of social media as a source of news continues to increase across all age groups.

A majority of Gen Z users got their news from online social media sources, while 23% of those aged over 75 were also the same, tripling over the past two years for that age group.

Surprising, Facebook saw a decline in usage for news in recent years.

One in three people are now using the social media site to gather their news, down from almost one in two back in 2016.

Trust is news has also grown over the past year, likely cause by the need for timely information amid the pandemic yet still a majority of Australians remain sceptical about the media.


Just 43% of people have trust in the news they consume.

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