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Study: online news now more popular than newspapers in U.S.

Considering that you're currently online and reading news, you probably won't be shocked to hear that websites are now officially more popular than newspapers as a source of news in the U.S. That puts the Internet in third place for news, behind local TV stations and national television networks according to a study from Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project.

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]

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