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Connections: Why younger adults are better than older adults at discerning fact from opinion

A new study by the Pew Research Centershows Americans over the age of 50 are worse than younger people at discerning facts from opinions. The research challenges ideas that younger people who are digitally savvy might be more susceptible to misinformation. In reality, researchers say exposure to television news – which is largely consumed by older people – is part of the issue because it sometimes blends facts and opinions.

This hour, we discuss the results of the study and explore how different types of media influence different generations of Americans. In studio:

  • Zeynep Soysal, assistant professor in philosophy at the University of Rochester
  • Ray Martino, lecturer in the School of Management at Nazareth College, and former partner at Martino Flynn
  • Quinisha Onye, expat
  • Brad Ford, senior equity compensation analyst at Constellation Brands

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Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
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