Poll: Internet News Overtakes Print and Radio


internet-websiteEclipsing radio and newspapers as a favored source for news, more Americans are now turning to the Internet to learn about world events. According to a new poll released by the Pew Research Center, the Internet has become the third most popular source for news in America, right behind national and local television newscasts.

More Americans are now turning to the Internet for their news, making it the third most popular news source for the country.

What’s more, 92 percent of those surveyed said they now seek out news using a combination of platforms, while only 7 percent rely on a single source for their news.

In large part, the rise of the Internet as a source for news has to do with the technology being suited for social behavior. Pew found, for instance, that 37 percent of those polled said they took an active role in promoting or contributing to a given news story.

According to Pew:

To a great extent, people’s experience of news, especially on the Internet, is becoming a shared social experience as people swap links in e-mails, post news stories on their social networking site feeds, highlight news stories in their tweets and haggle over the meaning of events in discussion threads. For instance, more than 8 in 10 online news consumers get or share links in e-mails.
Moreover, of those who turn to the Internet for news, 75 percent say they receive stories in the form of a link forwarded via e-mail or a post on a social networking site like Facebook or Twitter. Fifty-two percent of those surveyed said they share similar links with their own contacts.

The most popular online news subjects are weather, national events, health and medicine, business and the economy, international events, and science and technology, Pew said. When Pew asked respondents what stories they’d like to see covered more on the Internet, 44 percent said “scientific news and discoveries,” 41 percent said “religion and spirituality,” and 39 percent said “health and medicine.”

{David Knowles-AOL News/Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}