Louisiana Political News Wire
Survey: 26% of Americans get news via phone
Just over a quarter of American adults now read news on their cell phones, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. The survey results that the group is releasing today offer another sign of how people are changing the way they get information. Technology has been reshaping the news business and the way consumers relate to it for more than a decade. The latest shift is being driven by the exploding popularity of phones that can easily access the Internet. The new study found that 26% of Americans get news on their phones. Pew doesn't have comparable data for say, two or three years ago. But evidence of the shift in habits can be seen in this finding: Younger cell phone owners are more likely to look for news on their phones. About 43% of those under 50 said they are mobile news consumers, compared with 15% of older respondents. Still, some things don't change. Readers' No. 1 concern when they look for news on their phones: the weather. Of the 37% of cell phone owners who said they use the Internet on their phone, 72% said they check weather reports. Current events came in second with 68%.
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