When was the last time you watched the news on a TV? If you’re younger than 30 years old, you probably haven’t done that in a while. In a study done last year, results found that 65% of people under 30 cited the Internet as their go-to source for news. This is nearly double from the 34% response in 2007. For people 30-59 years old, the percentage citing Internet as their main news source also increased from 2007 from 32% to 48%.
With more innovative laptops, smart phones and other technology released constantly, we have more ways and faster ways to get the news. In 2010, 90 million tweets were sent daily on Twitter and today, Facebook has more than 500 million users. Not only are we sharing news stories with each other, but news outlets are meeting us where we are on social media networks and constantly providing us news. News outlets are also updating the latest news on their websites, and by a few clicks, I can read all the local, national and international news I want on the websites of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal or my local news station.
While it’s convenient to turn on the TV and watch the news as you’re getting ready for work in the morning or while you’re making dinner, do you rely on it as your main news source? How is new technology changing the way news is distributed today?