The Internet has become an essential part of life not just for the techies but for common people irrespective of age, sex, and occupation. A recent study by Pew Research Center for the People & the Press underlined this fact with the results of a national survey – In 2010, for the first time, the internet has surpassed television as the main source of national and international news for people younger than age 30, taking the count from 34% in 2007 to almost 65% in 2010.
This trend is spreading across ages as 48% of the 30-49 age group cites the internet as the main source of news with 63% still relying on television. Even in the 50-64 age category, the number has gone up to 34% from 2007 statistics.
The rise of the internet is also the decline of the television as a source of information. We won’t even talk about radio. The last three years has seen the numbers fall 16 points among 18-29 year olds, 8 points among 30-49 year olds, and 6 points among those aged 50 and beyond.
The study was based on responses of 1,500 adults reached on cell phones and landlines. It was also observed that people with less than high school education and household incomes under $30,000 are more likely to get their news from television rather than the internet.
You can get more details from the report published here.