January 16th, 2009 - by Golgotha

The Internet has now surpassed all media except television as a news source, according to consumers surveyed in December 2008 by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

In December 2008, 40% of respondents said they got most of their news about national and international issues from the Internet, up from just 24% in September 2007.

Pew said it was the first time since it started surveying that consumers relied more on the Internet for news than on newspapers.

Television was still the main source for national and international news, at 70%.


For young people, however, the Internet now rivals TV as a news source. Nearly six out of 10 Americans younger than 30 said they got most of their national and international news online; the exact same percentage said TV was the main way they got their news.

6 Responses to “This Just In – The Internet Is Popular”

1 San Nayak

This is interesting and was expected. Internet advertising has even more scope to increase in the future.

2 bryan

Does anyone actually read print newspapers anymore?

3 bodibilding2

This is such an awesome site! Keep it up!

4 Matt Hayden

There seem to be two forces at work. Firstly, increasing numbers of people are looking for news on the web. Also, online free classifieds are eroding the newspaper classifieds, so all that revenue has gone down. With less money, they can’t pay as many reporters to write the news.

No wonder journalists are getting nervous!

5 ShoppingGuide

I think it’s cause online news faster than paper news.

6 LGC Roofing

I wander what the situation is now with the exponential growth of social media netowrks and real time search (Google). Are TV or newspapers still relevant?

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