In the News: TV No Longer a Viable News Source for Young Adults - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

The Internet has surpassed television as the main national and international news source for people under 30, according to a Pew Research Center study.

Last year, 65% of people ages 18 to 29 named the Internet as their source for news, which almost doubled from 34% in 2007.  Those who did consider television as their main source slipped from 68% to 52% in that same time frame.

This trend is spreading to other age groups. Nearly half (48 %) of those in the 30-59 age range note the Internet as their central news source. This is up from 32% in 2007, whereas television dropped from 71% to 63%. The number of people 65 and older who pull their news from the Internet rose from 5% to 14%. On the other hand, of those in the 51-64 age group, 34% turn to the Internet, which is comparable to the number of people who name newspapers (38%) as their go-to source.

The study surveyed 1500 American adults, 41% saying they received their national and international news from the web–a 17% increase from 2007.

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Janel Martinez

With a focus on news and the under 35 crowd, Martinez develops engaging, daily reports for BlackEnterprise.com. She also pens the blog, After School Daze: Life After Undergrad, where she delves into the day-to-day issues and concerns of recent graduates trying to adapt to life off campus. Prior to Black Enterprise, the Bronx, N.Y. native contributed to Latina, Latina.com, Honeymag.com, Syracuse Record and The Post-Standard. When she's not writing articles, the self-proclaimed travelista is on the prowl for her next excursion.   Martinez holds a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism and sociology from Syracuse University.


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