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Print Readership Continues to Decline [Update]

The number of people who read printed publications continue to decline. According to a new study from the Pew Research Center, over the past 10 years, the number of people who “read a print newspaper yesterday” has dropped by 18 percent, from 41 percent in 2002 to just 23 percent in 2012.

Old school magazine readership has also declined, though not as steeply. In 2002, 23 percent of people said they read a print magazine yesterday, while only 17 percent did so in 2012. That’s only a six percent drop, but still, it’s a decline.

According to Pew’s research, the shift away from print has helped digital readership grow. The report shows that 55 percent of regular New York Times readers did so on a smartphone or computer, and nearly a quarter (23 percent) of readers of magazines like The New Yorker and The Economist get their fix electronically.

Update (4:50 pm):
This study isn’t new like we originally thought; it was released last September. The numbers are still correct, but we do apologize for treating this like new data.

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