A new Pew Research Center survey has confirmed what most of us already knew: online news has now overtaken print-based news.
According to the survey, 39 percent of respondents said they got their news directly from the net. The only source that beats out online is Television. Even TV seems to be on the downslide compared to the rapid growth coming from social media and other online sources. In fact, 13 percent of the respondents said they sometimes received their news directly from Twitter. In general, social news sharing has climbed dramatically. In the last two years, social-networking as a primary source for news has grown from 9 percent to 19.
Other interesting facts in the survey point out that 64 percent of those polled prefer news sources that don't have a specific point of view and are more neutral in tone. In contrast, 26 percent wanted news to come from sources that shared their point of view. The survey also said that 18 to 24 year-olds consume the least amount of news, instead spending the majority of their time emailing, texting and using social networks.
While the survey is interesting, no one will be shocked. We live in a world where information is readily available at our fingertips, making the need for a traditional newspaper much less important. I personally never consume the news from any source other than the Internet and have never directly subscribed to print-based news. How about the rest of our readers?
What is your preferred method for getting news?