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Pew Internet & American Life Project Understanding the Participatory News Consumer | 29 Some 15% say that relying on their social networks for tips and alerts to stories they need group is skewed towards those who prefer news sources that share their point of view,
men, minorities, and those under age 30. Interestingly, there are no significant
differences in the answers to this question that align by ideological viewpoint or party
identification. Some 15% say that relying on their social networks for tips and alerts to stories they need
to know describes them very well. This group is especially weighted towards the young.
Some 22% of members of the Millennials cohort (those ages 18 -32) say they rely on their
networks. Only 11% of Baby Boomers (ages 46 -64) say they rely on their networks this
way. Those who use social networking sites such as Facebook are also more likely to rely
on their tribe for news tips, 17% vs. 10% of those who are not social networking site
users. And those who are less personally engaged with news gathering are more reliant
on their networks to stay vicariously informed: 27% of those who “hardly ever ” or
“never ” follow the news say they rely on their networks for tips, compared with 12% of
those who follow the news “all or most of the time. ” Part 3: News and the internet
Six in ten American adults (61%) get news online on a typical day, placing it third
among the six major news platforms asked about in the survey, behind local television
news and national or cable television news. While the internet is growing as a news platform, it has not displaced completely offline news sources for most American adults:
A majority of Americans (59%) get news from a combination of online and offline
sources on a typical day. Just over a third (38%) rely solely on offline sources, while just
2% rely exclusively on the internet for their daily news. Pew Internet & American Life Project Understanding the Participatory News Consumer | 30 those who follow the news “all or mos...
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