Do parents still model news consumption? Socializing news use among adolescents in a multi-device world

Stephanie Edgerly, Kjerstin Thorson, Esther Thorson, Emily K. Vraga, Leticia Bode

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This study seeks to understand how American youth (aged 12–17 years) learn to consume the news, with specific concern for which devices (television, computer, tablet, and mobile phone) they employ in consuming news. Using a national survey of parent–child dyads, we explore (1) the role of demographics in creating a home environment supportive of news use, (2) the importance of parental modeling of news use via different media devices and whether the effect of modeling is complicated by the shift from shared to individualized media consumption, and (3) the impact of other socialization agents, such as peers and schools, in promoting youth news consumption above and beyond characteristics of the home. Results indicate that parental modeling remains an important factor in socializing news consumption, even when modeling takes place via mobile devices. Additionally, we find consistent evidence for “matched modeling” between the devices parents use for news and those used by youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1263-1281
Number of pages19
JournalNew Media and Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/ or publication of this article: This research was supported by grants from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and the Journal Foundation.

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  • Computer news
  • mobile news
  • modeling
  • news
  • parental influence
  • socialization
  • television news
  • youth


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