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Web Beats TV News for Under 30s

Web Beats TV News for Under 30s

Americans aged 18-29 are more likely to use the Internet than the TV as their daily news source, according to a study by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

Sixty-five per cent of people in this age group get their news online meaning the Internet has surpassed television as the primary source of news for the first time.

According to the study of 1,500 adults, 48 per cent of people aged between 30 and 49 said the internet is their primary source of news, up 16 per cent from 2007.

About one-third of older Americans - those aged 50 to 64 - say they prefer the Internet as their news source, far fewer than the 71 per cent who rely on television, the study found.

"There has been relatively little change in the how people age 65 and older get their news. The Internet has risen to 14 per cent from five per cent in 2007, but is still far behind newspapers (47 per cent) and television (79 per cent) as a main source," the report said.

In 2007, only 34 per cent of respondents depended on the Internet as their main news source, the report said. A stable 56 per cent in this age group continue to rely on TV.

Education appears to play a role in determining where people turn for news. Fifty-one percent of college graduates and those who attended some college log on for news, while 54 per cent of those with a college degree and 63 per cent of Americans with some college turn on the TV when they want to check out what's happening in the world. By comparison, only 29 per cent of people with no more than a high school education prefer the Internet and three-quarters cite TV as their preferred news source, according to Pew.

The study also reported that Americans are spending more time watching and listening to news - around 70 minutes a day is average, the Pew study said.


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