Recent data from Google found that 40% of Gen Z now prefers platforms like TikTok and Instagram to traditional search engines. Credit: Yui Mok / PA

Teenagers are significantly more likely to believe online conspiracy theories than older generations, a new study has shown, underscoring the broad impacts of gen Z’s relationship with social media.

Findings from Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), a non-profit that fights misinformation, showed that 60% of 13-17-year-old Americans surveyed agreed with four or more harmful conspiracy statements – compared with just 49% of adults. For teens who spend four or more hours a day on any single social media platform, the figure was as high as 69%.

“There’s a prejudice towards believing that youth will save us from the ills created by the former generations, but when it comes to misinformation, there are no future generations to save us from the damage that we’ve caused,” said Imran Ahmed, CEO of CCDH.

“This should be a clarion call – very simply, if these young people hold these beliefs in future years of their […]

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