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Study: More People Turning to Mobile Devices for News Consumption

A study from the Pew Research Center and The Economist Group has found that more Americans are using their mobile devices to read the news. The data comes from a survey of just over 9,500 adults, from June 29 through August 8.

What Pew and The Econonmist Group found was that 64 percent of tablet owners and 62 percent of mobile phone owners use them at least once per week to catch up on the news. Yes, despite our ability to play terrible mobile games and countless other things via our phones, most of us turn to our pocket-sized computers to find out what’s happening in the world.

Some of the key findings:

  • 73 percent of people who read the news on their tablets read a long-form article at least once per week
  • 43 percent of people who use tablets to read the news say it has increased the amount of news they consume
  • 31 percent of those surveyed say they get their news from news sources
  • Those who get their news via mobile devices reported being more engaged in the news than those who didn’t read news on mobile products
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