Editor’s note: Frankline Kibuacha is digital marketing and outreach manager at GeoPoll, Nairobi, Kenya. This is an edited version of a post that originally appeared under the title, “Media preferences among the youth in Africa and Asia."

Media has evolved. A long time ago, messages were put across through word of mouth, smoke signals, horns and other hyperlocal methods. Printing presses showed up in the 1400s, the radio was invented in the 1800s and the television came up in 1920s. These innovations have invariably led to changes in media channel tastes. Today we are in the era of the internet and there has been yet another massive shift to new media, especially among the youth.

This article will highlight snapshot results from a continuous survey we’re running on the GeoPoll App to assess the media preferences, preferred channels and media consumption habits among our app users in Egypt, Indonesia, Kenya, Pakistan, the Philippines and South Africa.

The first question we asked in the survey was which media our app users consume the most between the internet, TV, newspapers, magazines and radio. A vast majority of respondents (81%) chose the internet, affirming the importance of online media in day-to-day life. Overall, 13% selected television and 5% went for radio, although these shares varied from country to country. For example, radio scored 5.41% in Kenya but dropped off the charts completely in Indonesia, with very few respondents selecting radio as their most consumed media.


When we asked them why they most consume the various types of media, each channel displayed different reasons.

Most people said they mostly read newspapers for political news. They access the internet, listen to the radio and watch TV for entertainment, and read magazines to stay on top of fashion trends.

Radio may not be the favorite media channel, but most people (82%) said they at least o...