Budapest, October 12 (MTI) – An increasing number of Hungarians access news via social media, a survey by Kutatópont released on Wednesday showed.

Altogether 65 percent of Hungarians use the internet and 67 percent have a profile on social media. Of the people who have social media profiles, 74 percent read news from this source and 60 percent shared the information online at least once a month.

In the representative survey of 2,000 people conducted between Sept. 1 and 15, people rated the significance of their new sources on a scale of 1 to 5, awarding television 4.2 points, friends and family 4.1 and the internet 3.3.

Some 71 percent of social media users said they regularly read news items there and 40 percent said they also shared some items. Fully 66 percent said they were most interested in tabloid news.

Fully 62 percent said they regularly read news on public affairs and 27 percent said they shared these items.

According to the survey, 37 percent of people with social media profiles read news items on a daily basis. Altogether 67 percent said it was possible they had first come across a news item on social media.

Kutatópont was set up in 2010 as a member of the Nézőpont group.

Source: MTI

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