UNICEF + Gallup asked young + older people in 55 countries how they experience the world today.Read more about the survey
There's a huge contrast between young and older generations in their reliance on digital vs traditional information sources.
The gap is especially wide in generations’ use of social media.
The sharpest divide is in upper-middle-income countries – where 15-24 year-olds are more than seven times more likely to rely on social media platforms for information than people aged 65+.
In countries where there's widespread digital access but a weak web presence for traditional news sources, social media fills the void for young people.
The situation is very different in low-income countries, where many lack internet access. About 21% of young people in these countries say they don’t have a go-to information source at all.