According to a Gallup poll from this summer, TV reigns supreme as the primary choice for Americans who are looking to get informed about the latest news. Though just nine and six percent of respondents said that their main choice were newspapers and the radio, respectively, 55% said that they get the news by turning on the TV. However, reading news online is quite popular as well, and 21% said that the internet was their top choice. That number jumps to 27 and 28% for the 18-29 and 30-49 year old demographics, so it is possible to think that, as younger groups age, the internet might overtake the TV.
Though there are several reasons why the internet can be a popular alternative to the television, the main advantage of hopping online is that, quite simply, it is more convenient. Lots of people have busy schedules that make it difficult to catch their favorite TV news programs at the same time every morning or evening, and will find that reading news online is the only way to keep up with the most recent developments. By not depending on the TV, you can get the news right from your desk at work or while lounging on the couch, whatever is more convenient.
As an added bonus, if you take the time to find and subscribe to CNN rss feeds or cool RSS feeds from other news sources, you can have articles and blogs sent right to you. That makes the internet even more convenience because you won’t even have to spend the time hopping from one website to the next to get updates. Though you might have to first take some time to learn what are RSS feeds, especially since even some advanced web users don’t know much about them, doing so can be quite worthwhile.
The convenience of reading news online is increased if you have a mobile device like a smartphone or tablet. They allow you to visit news sites or access RSS feeds from anywhere, so you can learn about the stories that interest you the most while you’re on the go. Whether you are shopping for groceries, waiting in line at the DMV, or waiting for kids’ practices to end, hopping on your mobile device allows you to keep up with the latest developments.
Between the fact that the internet is simply more convenient than the TV, and it provides most, if not all, of the same video content and more than a quarter of young people us it, the internet has become a popular news source. Whether it can overtake TV remains to be seen, but it not hard to imagine it doing so.