A sizable majority say social media does more to divide the country than unite it, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
According to the latest national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, social media is doing more to divide our country than to bring it together. The poll also shows that people believe the media spreads a lot of fake news.
According to the poll, 57 percent of Americans say they agree with the statement that social media sites like Facebook and Twitter do more to divide the country, while 35 percent think they do more to bring the nation together.
Fifty-five percent believe social media does more to spread lies and falsehoods, versus 31 percent who say it does more to spread news and information.
Sixty-one percent think social media does more to spread unfair attacks and rumors against public figures and corporations, compared with 32 percent who say it does more to hold those public figures and corporations accountable.
And a whopping 82 percent say social media sites do more to waste people’s time, versus 15 percent who say they do more to use Americans’ time well.
It seems that these numbers would discourage people from using social media, but 69% of the people said they go on social media at least once a day. This could be because people use it to stay in contact with friends, family and promote events and their businesses.
But social media does offer things that national media does not provide, and that’s different perspectives.