Millennials are doing more informative things on their phones than you’d think

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(Photo by Clemens Bilan/Getty Images for P&C and Fashion ID)

There's no escaping broad generalizations when it comes to each generation's view of the others, but a new survey from the Research Center might attack some of those stereotypes.

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Older generations sometimes hold a negative view of younger generations, thinking young adults to be lazy, unmotivated, and even ignorant of the world around them. But as it turns out, the polls finds that younger Americans prefer their news to be written, whereas older Americans prefer their news to be visualized.

Younger Americans more likely than older to prefer reading news; older opt for watching
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Younger Americans more likely than older to prefer reading news; older opt for watching

The group also found that while younger Americans preferred to read their news, they are more likely to find their content online, rather than in print or on television.

Young adults migrating online to read, watch and listen to the news
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Young adults migrating online to read, watch and listen to the news

This study does not discredit the new sources of older Americans, rather it helps shatter the dichotomy placed on technology and meaningful intake.

While it is stereotypical for an older American to call out younger Americans for using their phones throughout more hours of the day, it would appear that the time spent is not completely idle.

The report concluded that "younger adults consistently demonstrate less interest in the news overall. But our research also reveals that, in the digital realm, they often get news at equal or higher rates than older Americans, whether intentionally or not."