June 23, 2016

Millennials, some Gen Xers prefer online news sources over TV

Millennials, some Gen Xers prefer online news sources over TV

A recent study by Reuters shows that there’s a split along generational lines for how news is obtained. Reuters’ survey reports that those over the age of 55, or Baby Boomers, still prefer getting most of their news from TV over online sources. The same goes for those between 45 and 54, though to a lesser degree. However, people under 45 prefer to get their news from online sources over TV.

Of interest is that no age demographic prefers to get their news mainly from print sources like newspapers. Of course, all newspapers are now available online. Even less popular than print is the radio. That might be yet another impact on NPR’s current problems with an aging listening audience and changing tastes.

Here’s an infographic outlining the news sources by age group.

Infographic: The Generational Divide in News Consumption | Statista
Infographic by Statista (CC BY-ND)

For myself, I’d say I get most of my news from online sources. Some sources I use for news include:

  • National Public Radio (NPR), via streaming audio, podcasts, and over-the-air radio.
  • Twitter, including the feeds for NPR, the Seattle Times, the New York Times, Reuters, and the BBC.
  • RSS feeds for various sites, via Feedly.

Where do you get most of your news?

Flickr photo by Matt Billings (CC BY)

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