Twitter is succeeding with younger American adults who are monitoring the site for news on their mobile devices.

The Pew Research Center found that 16 percent of American adults use Twitter and much of what gets passed on is breaking news.

52 percent of Twitter users say they use it for news. That means about eight percent of American adults are Twitter news consumers.

Americans also use other social networks like Facebook to follow news, but the study found that "Twitter news consumers stand out as younger, more mobile and more educated."

Among the Twitter news consumers, about 85 percent said they get news at least sometimes on mobile devices. That beats out Facebook news consumers by 20 percentage points.

45 percent of Twitter news consumers are 18-29 years old -- more than twice the percentage among the population overall and well above the 34 percent of Facebook news consumers in that age group.

Twitter news consumers tend to be more educated than the general population and Facebook news consumers. 40 percent have at least a bachelor's degree, compared with 29 percent of the total population and 30 percent of Facebook news consumers.