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Majority of internet users read news

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that, for the first time, the majority of internet users are accessing news sites.

Through their UK Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, ONS found that 55% of people use the internet for reading or downloading online news, newspapers or magazines, making it the third most popular online activity, behind emailing and finding information about goods and services.

In fact, reading online news was the activity that saw the most growth, rising by 17% on last year and over 41% on 2010. This sharp increase saw news overtake social media, with 53% of those surveyed saying they use the internet for social networking.

Accessing news was most popular among younger demographics, with over 70% of 16-34 year olds reading or downloading news. However, older internet users are also going online for news, with just under half (49%) of 55-64 year olds saying they visit news websites.

Looking at the internet more widely, the ONS found that 73% of people aged over 16 in the UK use the internet every day – an 8% increase on 2012, and an increase of 120% on 2006, when the survey first started.

Mobile internet is still growing rapidly, with 53% of adults having used a mobile phone to access the internet on the go, more than double the amount who had in 2010 (24%).

Source: ONS

09/08/13

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