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Surprise: Americans Don’t Use The Internet for News

Nielsen released a report on the social media habits of Americans today, and guess what? It reveals that people mostly use the Internet for Twitter, gaming, videos and the classifieds, not online news. According to Poynter, Americans spend almost 23 percent of their browsing time on social media, compared to just three percent on “global news and current events.”

While some of the categories are vague, and every report should be treated with a grain of salt, this doesn’t sound good for online news sites. Maybe it doesn’t matter what The Boston Globe does after all.

Social networking sites weren’t the most popular though. The study says that we spend the majority of our Internet time — about 35 percent — on “other” sites. Yes, that means porn.

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