Almost half of those aged between 16 and 24-years-old find out breaking news from social networks, primarily Facebook and Twitter, rather than traditional sources such as search engines.

Reuters’ Institute Digital Report revealed that 43% of under-25s in the UK no longer consult Google to stay in the know.

However, for those aged over 45-years-old, social media is a relatively unpopular choice – just 11% find out what’s happening this way – compared to 33% who remain committed to search engines and more traditional news articles.

Facebook, unsurprisingly, was named the most popular medium through which to communicate news, according to Reuters. A total of 55% shared news updates via the site, compared to 33% using email and 23% over Twitter.

LinkedIn and Google+, by comparison, were “hardly used” to share news by respondents.