Here’s What Dominated News Tweets in 2021

Most people that want to stay more or less up to date on the manner in which the world is turning look to Twitter because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up giving them updates as they happen. However, the news that people often tend to end up focusing on the most can change on a year to year basis, and it’s no different for 2021.

The Pew Research Center conducted a survey of around 500 adults that were based in the US to determine what news they ended up tweeting about most often in 2021. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that the vast majority of these adults, or 83% to be precise, ended up tweeting about news once or sometimes more than once, but another thing to bear in mind is that this was infrequent.

55% of these users tweeted more frequently than just once, with these people tweeting anywhere from once to around nine times during the fifteen weeks over which this study ended up being conducted. Also, the topics that news surrounded have been more or less the same since 2015 with all things having been considered and taken into account. Three topics dominated news tweets, namely entertainment, politics and sports. One thing that did change, though, was the attention paid to each topic.

For example, tweets relating to sports decreased dramatically since 2015. In 2021, only about 12% of all tweets were about sports, down from 25% in 2015. Politics, on the other hand, saw a massive boost, going from 17% in 2015 to 26% in 2021 which indicates that politics is starting to become a much more central component to people’s news consumption than was the case have a decade ago all in all. Take a look at below charts for more insights on how US netizens tweet about the news.
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