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December 29, 2008

The Rise of the Internet

by @ 1:14 pm. Filed under Current Events, Technology

A recent study by PEW (the Research Center for the People & the Press) has proven what many of us have suspected for a long time. The Internet is now more popular than newspapers as a source of news. This is especially true with 19-29 year olds. PEW surveyed 1500 participants from December 3, 2008 to December 7, 2008. Those surveyed were asked to list their main source or sources of news. The results showed 40% of the participants said they got most of their news from the Internet. This is an increase of 16% from a similar survey conducted only one year ago, when 24% said they primarily used the Internet for information. Conversely, only 35% of the survey participants cited newspapers as their main news source. Surprising, to me anyway, television tops all other media outlets achieving a 70% rating. Some experts speculate that the rise of the Internet at the expense of the newspaper was predictable. As newspapers lose advertising revenue they are cutting staff. This means they can no longer cover many specialized areas such as science or law. This lack of coverage has driven news hounds with special interests to the Internet for information.

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