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More Broadband Users Using Net for News

A new survey from the Pew Internet Technology Research, there has been a huge increase in the use of home broadband to access the news.

By the end of 2005, 50 million Americans got news online on a typical day, a sizable increase since 2002. Much of that growth has been fueled by the rise in home broadband connections over the last four years. For a group of “high-powered? online users – early adopters of home broadband who are the heaviest internet users – the internet is their primary news source on the average day.

Do you use the net for news? Are you spending less time in front of a newspaper or news magazine? Are you watching less news on television?

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  1. Posted March 28, 2006 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    I’m a news junkie. Before discovering blogs and the Internet, I watched CNN, Fox, CSPAN, NBC Nightly News, and the local news. I still watch them. However, my perspective is different. My home page is My Yahoo. I find I get the news more quickly just by opening Firefox than turning on the TV set.

    It’s now My Yahoo-Blogs-TV-newspapers-magazines
    Before it was: TV-newspapers-magazines

    I’ve not only added online news and commentary, but I’ve made them my primary information source. Then I want interpretation. I start with blogs and only after that do I look at the traditional media. I see the media spin much more clearly now.

  2. Posted March 28, 2006 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    I have moved most of my newspaper reading online. I have a subscription to the Washington Post but it sits unopened while I read the best stories online. I supplement that with NPR and a mix of blogs. Ten years ago, magazines were a big part of the mix. I can’t remember the last time I read a magazine anywhere but the doctor’s office.

  3. Posted March 28, 2006 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    I stopped buying newspapers regularly in 1993 when I began mastering the Reuter terminal at university. Since then, I have preferred digital media for news, and newspapers are just a nice luxury that I give to my father from time to time. However, I read magazines as often as I ever did. Somehow, I still prefer their format.

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