News in the News

An increasing number of Americans are getting their news from the internet, a recent study by Pew Research Center finds. Although television is still the most popular source of news overall, the gap between televised and online news consumption has reduced significantly over the past year. In 2016, 57% of U.S. adults said they often get news from television compared to only 50% in 2017, whereas online news consumption increased from 38% in 2016 to 43% in 2017.

Not surprisingly, the study noted the majority of the youngest adult generation, those aged 18-29, primarily get their news from online sources, with only about a quarter saying they get it from television. Those aged 30-49 have similar online news habits, and while they use television for news more often than their younger counterparts, the amount of individuals who say they watch televised news has dropped by a notable 10%. Now, only 35% of adults aged 30-49 get their news from television.

The baby boomer generation, or those aged 50-64, watch televised news far more than younger adults: 64% said they often get their news from television in 2017, which is an 8% drop from 2016. Conversely, online news consumption for boomers has risen 6% between 2016 to 2017, and now 35% say they get their news from the internet. The eldest generation, those aged 65 and older, watches the most televised news of any age group. A whopping 85% of seniors said they get their news from television in 2016, and this only dropped 3% over the past year. However, seniors were also the generation with the most significant increase in internet news consumption: now 30% say they get their news online, compared to only 20% in 2016.
Kaitlyn Bieniek