Yes, you got that right: if you’re under 50 years of age, you’re most probably taking your daily news from online sources, as opposed to those over 50, of which a majority are still watching the lobotomy box, also known as television programming. However, the good news (pun intended) is that starting from next year, internet and social media may very well become king even for the over-50-crowd, as the trend points categorically in this direction.
Since 2016, the American public’s affinity for online news grew dramatically, and most people changed their media consuming routine, abandoning TV news also known as “very fake news” to use President Trump’s parlance in favor of online sources. The trend is continuing in 2017 and next year, the internet is set to become America’s number one news provider.
According to the latest poll courtesy of Pew Research Center, there’s only a seven points gap between TV news vs online news this year, compared to a previous nineteen points. The number of people getting most of their news from TV dropped to 50 percent in 2017 compared to 57 percent in 2016, while those often getting their news from online sources grew from 38 percent to 43 percent this year. According to Pew, there’s a steep decline in TV news use on all fronts: local, network and cable, but the biggest loser is local television news.
TV news is already on the path to extinction for those under 50 years of age, while online news (especially social media) is the new kid on the block and growing fast. However, reading news online doesn’t mean anything if people are still relying on establishment/mainstream media sources, the likes of CNN, NYT or WaPo, which are lacking journalistic integrity and are nothing more than propaganda outlets for special interests.