Study: online news now more popular than newspapers in U.S.
TV news still tops the list, but almost 60% of Americans now get their news from a combination of online and offline sources. Those online sources include the web versions of newspapers, so although the print newspaper is clearly lagging behind web-based news, things aren't as awful for newspaper publishers as that makes them sound.
Mobile sites are starting to break into the news market in a big way, too. 33% of Americans reported that they read news on their phones. I think it's a safe bet that the rise of the iPhone and Android devices had a little something to do with that. Pew also found that Americans are participating in the news process in large numbers. 37% had blogged, commented on, Facebooked or tweeted a news story.
The overall effect is that people think that the increasing spread of online news makes staying informed both easier (55%) and overwhelming (70%). Perhaps that explains why 21% say they rely on just one online news source.
[via Ars Technica]