43% of broadband users aged 50+ get their news online
Home broadband users under age 36 are more likely than their dial-up counterparts to consult a wide range of news sources; much of this increment comes from online news and national newspapers. 46% of broadband users in this age group get news online on the average day, more than twice the rate (21%) of dial-up users in this cohort. Among those internet users ages 36 through 50, 40% get news online on the average day, compared with 30% of dial-up users in this age range. But broadband users don’t consult a greater number of sources than do dial-up users on a typical day, and there’s only a modest shift away from local TV news.
Among internet users over age 50, 43% get news online on the average day compared with 26% of dial-up users. Again, broadband users don’t consult a greater number of sources for news on a typical day than do dial-up users, and there is a modest shift away from local TV news as a daily source for news for broadband users, Pew Internet & American Life Project found.