The shift in media consumption in Russia: overview of trends 2016-2021

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The Internet has become omnipresent in Russia due to the mass accessibility of smartphones. Paired with the fact that the representatives of the digital generation are reaching adulthood, the significant changes in media consumption have occurred over the past five years. It can be stated that progressive quantitative transformations have turned into a qualitative digital shift. The use of digital media is growing: the use of messengers in almost all age groups, social networks, search engines, online video services surpasses traditional media. In 2021, digital platforms took the top eight places in the ranking of media platforms by audience in Russia. At the same time, there is a decrease in TV viewing, the fragmentation of the audience is growing, and the YouTube has become the most popular video service in the country. Interest in reading newspapers, magazines, listening to radio is falling. In terms of the importance of news sources and trust in them, the Internet surpasses TV in all audiences. The study provides statistics that have not been published before. A comprehensive analysis of the identified trends in the development of digital media allowed to draw a conceptual conclusion about the qualitative shift in media consumption in Russia between 2016 and 2021: this timeframe is marked for the first time.

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Maksim L. Polyakov

Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration; MGIMO University

Author for correspondence.
ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6110-7045

Academic Director of Master Program “Digital Communications and New Media,” senior lecturer, Integrated Communications Department, Institute of Social Science, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration; Professor of International Journalism Department, MGIMO University

82 Prospekt Vernadskogo, bldg 2, Moscow, 119571, Russian Federation; 76 Prospekt Vernadskogo, Moscow, 119454, Russian Federation

Nikolai A. Sleptsov

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3447-8008

postgraduate student, Mass Communications Department

10 Miklukho-Maklaya St, bldg 2, Moscow, 117198, Russian Federation


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