Study: Americans have nose for news
| Sep 14, 2010
Americans are spending more time reading the news now than they have at any time during the last decade, according to a new study.
The biennial report by the Washington-based Pew Research Center found that 34% of the 3,006 people questioned in the study had used the Internet to check the news the day before. "The value of the study is in the trends it shows. They are reflective of the current environment, and document which changes have occurred over time, and which haven't," said Carroll Doherty, Pew's associate director.
About a third of people listened to the radio for their news, while 39% said they used traditional news sources such as newspapers and television. The researchers were also surprised to learn Americans are augmenting traditional news sources with other technologies, rather than replacing them entirely. If cell phones, email, social networking websites and podcasts are included, 44% of those questioned said they read the news on more than one Internet or mobile source each day. Read more at Reuters news online or the full report at the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press website.