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Older Adults Increasingly Getting News on Mobile Devices, Study Finds

June 16, 2017


Mobile devices have become one of the most common ways for Americans to get news, with the sharpest user growth in the past year occurring among Americans ages 50 and older, a new Pew Research Center survey finds.

Eighty-five percent of U.S. adults now receive news on mobile devices, up from 72 percent a year ago and from 54 percent in 2013. Approximately two-thirds of Americans ages 65 and older now get news on mobile devices, about three times the share of four years ago. Among people ages 50–64, 79 percent now receive news on mobile devices, nearly double the share of 2013.

The rising percentage of older adults receiving news on mobile devices is partly because they’ve had more room to grow in this area than younger adults have.

According to Pew, 94 percent of Americans ages 18–29 and 30–49 get news on mobile devices, statistics unchanged since 2016 for the former group and only 9 points higher for the latter. By contrast, mobile-news use among people ages 50–64 and those 65 and older has increased by 16 and 24 points, respectively, in the last year.

Although many adults 65 and older are now getting news on mobile devices, only 44 percent prefer the method — compared with 77 percent of those ages 18–29. Among Americans ages 50–64, 54 percent prefer to receive news on mobile devices. — Greg Beaubien


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