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Research: Social Media is Full of Good News and Untruths

News flash: Everybody is socializing online. According to an infographic from Schools.com, a resource for education information, we’re spending literally billions of minutes online every month talking to people. In some cases, we’re even missing real-life events so we can type about them online.

But when good news happens, we’re reporting it to everyone we know. Nearly two-thirds of people (62 percent) involved in the Badoo study referenced in the infographic say they’re using their updates to talk about engagements, pregnancies, and other great happenings.

And in other cases, we’re just making things up. Research shows that 24 percent of Americans are playing fast and loose with the truth on social media.

After the jump, check out a few stats.

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Infographic Shows How Social Media is Being Used as a News Source

More than a quarter of people, 27.8 percent, say they get news from social media. Among that group, 59.5 percent say they’re using Facebook as a news source. Among the big news stories over the past year that broke on social media were the death of Osama bin Laden, Newt Gingrich’s Presidential candidacy, and the protests in Egypt.

Schools.com, a site providing information about higher education, has created an infographic, “That’s Old News: How social media is replacing traditional journalism as a news source,”  that illustrates the ways in which audiences are using social media as a news source, reiterating its importance in the sharing of information. Check it out after the jump.

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