Study reveals the internet rivals television as a source for news among U.S. Latinos
According to a 2016 survey of Latino adults by Pew Research Center, three-quarters of U.S. Latinos get their news from internet sources on a typical weekday. Surprisingly, this is almost equal to the share of U.S. Latinos that get their news from television. In recent years, the share of people getting their news from TV has declined from 92 percent in 2006 to 79 percent in 2016. In the 2016 survey, 74 percent of Hispanics claimed that they used the internet as a source of news on a typical weekday. This includes social media or smartphone apps and it is an increase from the 37 percent of Hispanics in 2006 that claimed that they used the internet as a source of news on a typical weekday.
It is important to note that Hispanics also consume news from radio and newspapers, but TV and the internet are more widely used. The 2016 survey revealed that 55 percent of Hispanics got news from radio on a typical weekday, which is down from 64 percent in 2006. Unfortunately, the use of newspapers as a news source continued its decline, even amongst Hispanics, with 34 percent of Hispanics saying that they got their news from newspapers, which was at 58 percent in 2006. Many of the changes in Hispanic news consumption are being driven by Millennials that make up more than a quarter of U.S. Hispanic adults, which is a higher share than among other racial or ethnic groups in the nation. Pew Research Center’s study reveals just how much the landscape of news outlets has changed over the past decade as the news habits of Hispanics have shifted. It’s going to be interesting to see how the data changes in another decade.