When it comes to media consumption, conservatives and liberals tend to choose outlets that reflect their political leanings. A recent post on journalism.org discusses this trend and its effect on the increasing polarization between those who lean left and those who lean right.

The post cites a project by the Pew Research Center that examined the ways people get their political information, including the news media, social media and conversations with friends and family. The study found that those with strong political views one way or another relied on information streams that were more tailored to their views versus information sources used by people who had a more mixed view of the political situation.

 The study found that conservatives tended to cluster around a single news source and that they distrusted other sources of information when it comes to government and politics. They also spend more time on social media and tend to talk to more people aligned with their own views than consuming information that may conflict with their personal views.

 Liberals, on the other hand, tended to use a greater variety of media outlets, including those that are less main stream. Instead of following parties or candidates on social media, these individuals tended to follow issues. They were more likely than other groups to unfriend or block people on their social networks that did not share their views.

 The result of this news consumption survey is that people with strong leanings will tend to choose the media sources that they feel most closely suit their own, while more open-minded people will source their information from a variety of sources and engage in political conversations with others who may or may not share their political views.