Study Indicates Declining Interest In News Over Generations

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The results of a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center indicate that Millenials – persons between the ages of 18 and 31 – watch at least 20 minutes less news per day than their older counter parts.

Researchers involved in the study also found that each generation watched less news than the one before it. For the study, people from the Silent Generation, the Baby Boomer Generation and those comprising Generation X were surveyed, as well as Millenials.

“News organizations have been confronting the problem of a shrinking audience for more than a decade, but trends strongly suggest that these difficulties may only worsen over time,” Pew noted in a release on its website.

In 2012, for example, Millenials were said to have read or watched an estimated 46 minutes of news per day, while those in Generation X watched approximately 66 minutes per day in the same year.

Additionally, Baby Boomers watched 77 minutes, and Silent Generation folks took in 84 minutes, Pew additionally learned.

Researchers added, “Today’s younger and middle-aged audience seems unlikely to ever match the avid news interest of the generations they will replace, even as they enthusiastically transition to the Internet as their principal source of news.”

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