Internet Now More Popular Than Newspapers For News

Mar 1st, 2010 | By | Category: Citizen Media, General

The Internet is now a more popular source of news than newspapers, according to a new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and Project for Excellence in Journalism.

The internet is now the third most-popular news platform, behind local and national television news and ahead of national print newspapers, local print newspapers and radio.

Other interesting new media statistics from their survey:

  • 75% get news forwarded through email or posts on social networking sites;
  • 52% share links to news with others through email or posts on social networking sites;
  • 37% of internet users have contributed to the creation of news, commented about it, or disseminated it via postings on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter; and
  • 33% of cell phone owners now access news on their cell phones.

Overall, Americans have mixed feelings about this “new” news environment.

  • Over half (55%) say it is easier to keep up with news and information today than it was five years ago.
  • 70% feel the amount of news and information available from different sources is overwhelming.

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3 Responses to “Internet Now More Popular Than Newspapers For News”

  1. NookSurfer says:

    I don’t find this surprising as the new trend of going green and the advancements in technology. Especially with people on the move, it is just more economical and convenient to go the electronic route compared to the traditional newspapers.

    • elliot says:

      Does this mean that people now trust Internet sites as much as they trust traditional sources like newspapers?

      It makes sense to me, though. When the iPad comes out, it’s going to accelerate this trend even further.

  2. John Mike says:

    Yes You are right… at least for twitter….

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