These days, where you get your news seems to be a topic of heated discussion. In this post, we’re breaking down the most popular media Americans use to keep up with current events.
In this post, we’re breaking down the most popular media Americans use to keep up with current events.
1. The Television
The average American still spends about 5 hours every day watching television. In fact, the screen still reigns as the most popular way to consume news, with over half of the population relying on their favorite anchors and networks to tell them what’s going on.
In fact, the screen still reigns as the most popular way to consume news, with over half of the population relying on their favorite anchors and networks to tell them what’s going on.
Interestingly, though, TV news is much more popular among older adults than it is with adults between the ages of 18-29.
2. The Internet
As expected, the Internet is where a majority of people aged 18-29 get the daily news. In fact, half of young adults say they rely on the online world to tell them what’s going on, while half of adults aged 30-49 also consume news online.
So, what are the most popular sites and online platforms when it comes to the headlines?
Perhaps not surprisingly, over 60% of people get their news from social media, but online news sources are still popular.
Most people are reading Yahoo news, Google news, and The Huffington Post. Also, over half of those who get their news online are accessing these sites and social media platforms through their mobile phones.
3. The Radio
Whether they’re on their morning commutes, on a lunch break, or just getting ready to leave their homes, people are still listening to the radio as a way to get news.
Still, these consumption numbers are a bit smaller than other news outlets, with only about 25% of adults listening to their news.
The most popular radio stations are Sirius XM, Morning Edition and All Things Considered on NPR, and Rush Limbaugh’s talk show. (In fact, Limbaugh’s show has been ranked number 1 out of all commercial radio talk shows since the year 1987.)
Of course, more and more people are getting their news through Podcasts. Some of the most popular?
The New York Times’ “The Daily,” NPR Politics Podcasts, and The Ben Shapiro Show.
4. Print News
For years, people seem to have kept talking about the slow death of print news. But recent results show that they may be more right than ever.
In fact, research shows that only about 20% of all adults consume the news by reading a physical paper.
And those numbers are the lowest among the youngest parts of the population. According to PEW Research, only about 5% of those between 18-29 read print news, and only 10% of adults from ages 30-49 are reading the print news.
The most popular print news outlets include The Daily Mail, The Guardian, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.
People Want To Stay Informed
It seems that no matter how folks are getting their news, staying up to date on current events is extremely important to them.
It seems that though people are still getting their news from a variety of forms and sources, just about everyone is tuned in to what’s going on around them.