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Social media the most trusted information provider among young Indians

The Indian youth is shunning print — newspapers, books and magazines —increasingly to embrace social media for getting information of all sorts, finds a new study.

more lifestyle Updated: Jun 21, 2016 18:57 IST
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Over 74% of students think that social media is the best platform for information, facts and latest happenings, a survey by Fortis Healthcare has found.(Shutterstock)

The Indian youth is shunning print — newspapers, books and magazines —increasingly to embrace social media for getting information of all sorts, finds a new study.

According to the survey conducted by Fortis Healthcare, more than 74% of students think that social media is the best platform for information, facts and latest happenings.

“Social media has a far-reaching impact on the minds and behaviour of youth today. Their lifestyle choices, likes and dislikes are being fashioned by what they see on online and electronic media,” said Dr Samir Parikh, head of the department of mental health & behavioral sciences at Fortis Healthcare.

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“A key concern is also that most students rely on social media for facts, information and knowledge as compared to books and magazines,” Parikh added.

Reading different kinds of materials goes a long way in making students creative and imaginative.

However, the survey that involved 1,350 students, also revealed that apart from social media, celebrities and their activities also influence youth to a great extent.

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