Rather than switch on the tube or crack open a newspaper, more and more of us are choosing to go online to find out what’s new. A recent SheSpeaks poll finds that 64% of us get most of our news online and 9.3% of us use our mobile phones to peruse the news.
Some of our members report switching between TV, online, and newspapers throughout the day. But whichever you choose, it is clear that with all of the many news source choices we have – the Internet has definitely gained some popularity.
A recent CNN report discusses a survey conducted by Pew Internet and American Life Project that finds a growing trend of people getting their news online.
With the wide array of blogs, online newspapers, and social media we’ve all become less loyal to one particular news organizations and are more apt to get bits and pieces of news reports from a myriad of different sources . The Pew Internet report reads, “To a great extent, people's experience of news, especially on the Internet, is becoming a shared social experience. The advent of social media like social networking sites and blogs has helped the news become a social experience in fresh ways for consumers.”
It makes sense that many of us turn to social media outlets for our news because it allows us to understand what’s happening in real time and can make us feel we are truly a part of it. Rather than flip on the TV just after feeling the effects of an earthquake or blizzard, we realize we can get more up-to-the-second news by looking at a Twitter feed.
Do you find yourself turning to social media outlets for your news during natural hazards like snowstorms, floods, and earthquakes?
Tell us how you like to get your news!