Younger adults more likely than their elders to prefer reading news

Amy Mitchell, Pew Research Center, Oct 07, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

One of the things proponents of internet media have long said is that people will read more than they ever have before. This was to allay fears on the part of older generations that too much screen time would make children illiterate. Now while it appears the older generation may have been speaking from experience, we see that the younger generation turns to text, not video, when learning about the news. "Younger adults are far more likely than older ones to opt for text, and most of that reading takes place on the web." The problem with video news is that you have to sit and wait for it. That's find if you're in a receptive consuming mode, but if you're engaged and active online, you want the news now.

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