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Study: Young People Claim Internet as Main News Source

Kids (and adults) these days. According to a new study from Pew Research Center, the majority of young Americans — a whopping 71 percent of people ages 18 to 29 —say the Internet is their number one news source. TV was the runner-up, at 55 percent. Only 22 percent of young people said the good old fashioned newspaper was their main news center.

For those of us who are fat and old (30 to 49), the Internet is tied with TV as our main source of news, at 63 percent. Oddly enough, radio comes in second for this group, at 27 percent. Radio is followed by newspapers, at a lowly 18 percent.

While you’re busy cursing the young and old for abandoning newspapers, here are some other highlights from the report:

  • Overall, TV is still the clear winner; 69 percent of the general public say it’s their main source of news.
  • Last year, 19 of Americans reported viewing a news story on a social network “yesterday.” That’s more than double the nine percent who had reported doing so in 2010.
  • 65 percent of those who claim the Internet as their main news source say news organizations are politically biased.

[Image: Pew Research Center]

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