Internet Dominance in the 2000s
by Samuel Sutlive
Internet has become main media choice for accessing news according to a national phone survey in Dec. 2010 stationed in Washington D.C. of 1,500 people.
The current issue is where are people getting their news? The standard used to be that everyone got a physical newspaper and watched the television to get their national and international news. In the 2000s people started citing the internet as the medium that they used to get news.
The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press did a national survey to compare the amount that five mediums— television, the internet, newspapers and the radio were being used and how the percentages have changed over time.
The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found that televisions have been the main source of national and international news for 66 percent of the population in 2010. This is a decline compared to 2002 when televisions were used to access news by 82 percent of the population.
The readership of and references to national and international news sources for newspapers has declined. The readership has declined from 34 percent in 2007 to 31% in 2010. The reference for radio has stayed around 16 percent in the past few years.
One public affairs issue is how the percentage use of the mediums changes as older age groups are analyzed. In 2010 the internet passed television as the main source for national and international news for people under 30. Young people ages 18 to 29 citing the internet for news has risen 31 percent from 2007 to 2010. The amount of young people citing television for news over the same three years has dropped 16 percent.
A 2nd public affairs issue is that the age group between 30 and 49 are projected to be using the internet more than the television in 2013 to get their national and international news.
The 3rd public affairs issue is that people between the ages of 50 and 65 are using the internet more for news.
However people over 65 years are still using newspapers and televisions more than the internet even though there has been an increase in their internet use as a news source.
Right now in 2012 our society consists of younger generations that use computers and the internet more than the older generations. How will the 18 to 30 year olds of 2012 use the internet/computers and newspapers when they become the older generation? Will the 18 to 30 year olds of 2012 have wiped out bodies and poor eyesight? Could this lead to some kind of resurgence to newspaper circulation? What do you think the main reason is for turning away from the television as a source for national and international news? Could it be access and ease of access? Everyone wants, what they want fast and direct. Now, Now, Now. The internet has more sources and sets of information to sift through, analyze and judge but it is right there when you want it, where you want it. The television has less information to sift through, has adds and commercials to wait through, and is mostly not portable but the information someone gets is more direct and (the information/news can on average be trusted).