In 2020, the Swedish population’s daily media usage time was almost seven hours. Eight out of ten used social media networking services and seven out of ten read the daily newspaper on an average day. These are some of the results from the Swedish Media Barometer 2020.
There is little evidence that filter bubbles really exist or have any relevance to the increased polarisation in society. This is stated by Peter Dahlgren in a new Nordicom Review article. The study dismisses the idea of filter bubbles from both a psychological and technical point of view.
The development of the media landscape continues to be characterised by digitalisation. In addition, the Covid-19 pandemic has contributed to more people turning to professional news media, while their advertising revenues continue to decline. The fourteenth edition of Nordicom’s recurring publication MedieSverige provides the reader with lots of facts and information about the Swedish media landscape.
Senior citizens are continuously increasing their use of digital media, but there is still a large difference between them and younger citizens who have grown up with digital technology. This is shown by a new report by Nordicom, Mediebarometern 2019: Tema generationer [The Media Barometer 2019: Generations], where Catharina Bucht analyses age differences in the Swedish population’s media use.
The Swedish Internet Foundation's annual survey The Swedes and the Internet, shows that the corona pandemic has affected our Internet habits – particularly more and more pensioners have started using the Internet during the pandemic. Most new Internet users are 76 years old or older.
Three Swedish authorities with responsibilities to protect children and youth and strengthen their rights recently published guidelines for online content creators. The purpose of the guide is to make the online environment aimed at young people more safe.
Recently the Swedish Commission for Media and Information Literacy and Democratic Dialogue released their final report with recommendations for future actions. Although there are threats to an inclusive and open dialogue, there are measures that can be taken to move in a positive direction.
Digital advertising platforms dominate, the newspaper market has reached a new bottom and the corona pandemic caused a socioeconomic breakdown with severe consequences for the advertising market. These are some of the results from the 2020 edition of Medieutveckling – Medieekonomi, an annual report about media economics in Sweden, published by the Swedish Press and Broadcasting Authority.
During the last years, the use of news sites and news on social media seems to have reached a plateau. This is according to the SOM Institute's new report on media trends in Sweden 1995–2019.
Nordicom will establish a new forum to identify and coordinate researchers in MIL – media and information literacy. The venture is part of the national MIL Sweden Network launched by the Swedish Media Council upon the commission of the Government in Sweden.