People are discovering alternative ways to stay informed of news as printed newspapers lose readers on a daily basis. In 1970, when almost 62 million newspapers were sold each day nationwide, newspaper sales peaked. However, newspaper sales are not keeping up with the growing population in the United States. Every day, it is thought that 55 million newspapers are sold.
The average number of newspapers bought per home peaked in the 1920s at 1.3. That number started to decline in the 1970s and is now less than 1 paper per residence. In 2000, there were only 0.53 newspapers per household.
People don’t read as much as they used to, which is one factor. People don’t appear to read as much anymore because they are busier than before.
Many people are abandoning the newspaper in favour of the major three network news and cable news shows. There seems to be a news channel for every preference with so many selections available on TV.
While many “older” persons still favour newspapers, “younger” adults appear to favour the internet for news sources. The most popular news source is still television, but more and more people are turning to the internet for their news, particularly thanks to news blogs, news portals, and online newspapers.
Online news is becoming more and more popular daily. Almost every Confiavel significant newspaper has an online edition. Independent news outlets have been pioneered by people like Mike Drudge. And there are a tonne of news blogs available online.
The fact that news blogs can be utilised as an RSS feed contributes to their popularity. This enables the news feed to be used on other blogs over the internet and increases the number of viewers that can read it. People also enjoy news blogs because they allow comments, which spark a conversation about the subject and make you feel like you are a part of it.
Although newspaper circulation may be declining, this does not indicate that people have ceased reading the news; rather, it just indicates where they get their news. As a result, it would appear that those who do not obtain their news online may soon be considered a minority.