The research report at hand focuses on information behavior. The examined target group consists of adolescents between the ages of 16 and 20 in the area around Salzburg. For this purpose, we examined the use of media for the acquisition of knowledge pertaining to social and political issues. The aim of this study was to figure out in how far the type of information acquisition, i.e. media selection, frequency of use etc., has an impact on the general knowledge of adolescents. Studies show an age-related difference in the main sources of information. On principle, young people retrieve their information online whereas older people prefer traditional media. The general rule is: Information does not equate to actual palpable information awareness. Social upheaval, political changes and fake news, which gained new popularity within the American election campaign, demand information awareness and media literacy. The conducted study shows that the more frequently news are consulted, the better informed these adolescents are. The examined subjects have a good level of knowledge concerning current topics.