October 5, 2012

Tablet News Users Say Their Consumption of News Has Increased

43%

More than four-in-ten (43%) tablet news users say the news they get on their devices is adding to the overall news they consume

The fast growing use of mobile devices has raised questions about the impact on the consumption of news. Are people who own mobile technology getting more news now that they have more ready access to it? Or are they merely replacing one platform with another?

While most (55%) of tablet news users say the news they get on their tablet is replacing news they would have gotten in other ways, nearly as many (43%) say the news they get there is adding to the overall news they consume.

Looking at those who get news across four platforms — tablet, smartphone, laptop/desktop and print — a solid majority (58%) say the news they get from a tablet is adding to the overall amount of news they consume.

In addition, almost a third (35%) of tablet news users say they are spending more time getting news now that they have a tablet. That is nearly identical to the 30% who responded that way in 2011. Just 12% say they get less news now. Read More