According to a study conducted in mid-January among 1,500 residents of 53 Russian regions, users most often search for news through aggregators (39%), social networks are in second place in popularity (19%). In total, 56% of respondents received news information on the Web, while 16% did not.
In the list of search engines to receive news, 34% of Russians choose Yandex, 17% - Google, 6% - Mail.ru.
Among social networks and instant messengers, the most popular among residents of the country are VKontakte (13%), Instagram10%, as well as WhatsApp, Viber and Telegram, with 8% of votes each. About 5% of respondents use the Odnoklassniki social network as a news source, 4% - and Facebook, 2% - Twitter. Over time, the preferences of users in the way they receive information are rapidly changing.
"Compared to 2018, the popularity of Instagram as a platform for reading news has grown: in 2018, 4% of respondents learned news from Instagram, in January 2021 - 10%", - Interfax cites the results of the study.
Among the readers who search for news on media sites, 12% choose Vesti.ru, 9% - RIA Novosti, 8% - Lenta.ru, 5% - Argumenty i Fakty.
At the same time, about a quarter of Russians (24%) admitted that they have never used the Internet.
Previously, the overwhelming majority of residents received information from newspapers, radio and television. The "revolution" in the way we receive news has come about primarily due to the increased use of mobile devices.