With printed newspapers reducing subscribers each day, individuals are discovering other alternatives to stay updated with their news. Newspaper sales reached their peak in 1970 when approximately 62 million newspapers were sold in the country every day. However, with the population in the U.S. on the rise, newspapers sales aren’t keeping up. It’s estimated that roughly 55 million newspapers are sold each day.
In the 1920’s, the average newspaper bought per household peaked at 1.3. In the 1970’s, that figure began to drop to less than 1 paper per house. By the year 2000, the number decreased to .53 newspapers per household.
One reason is that people simply do not read as often as they once were. People seem to be busier than ever and just do not take the time to read any more.
Many are changing their news habits by watching the big three network news and cable news programs in place of the newspaper. With so several options on Tv news, it appears that there is a news station for every taste.
Although many “older” adults still prefer newspapers, “young” adults have appeared to prefer to get their news online. Tv news still is the most accessed news source, but the internet is quickly becoming the favorite source of news, especially in the form of news blogs, news portals and online newspapers.
Online news is increasing popularity each day. Virtually every major newspaper has a version of an online newspaper. Pioneers like Mike Drudge have been in the lead in independent news providers. And there are numerous news blogs all over the internet.
A part of what makes news blogs so popular is the fact that they can be used as an RSS feed. This permits the news feed to be used on other blogs across the web and also allows the news feed to be read by a lot more viewers. People also love news blogs because you can leave comments and this produces a dialogue on the story which is a great way to feel like you’re part of the story.
Although newspapers may be on the decline, it does not mean that people have gave up on reading the news, only where they read their news from. So it appears that if you are not getting your news on the internet, you may soon be in the minority.