Importance of online media for news and information

Oct 23, 2012

Q. How important are the following online media to you personally for news and information?

 

Total very/quite important

Very important

Quiet important

A little important

Not important

Can’t say

Google

52%

24%

28%

26%

19%

3%

Newspaper websites

43%

17%

26%

29%

24%

4%

Other news websites

41%

14%

27%

29%

27%

4%

Facebook

28%

13%

15%

23%

48%

2%

Websites about social and political campaigns

16%

4%

12%

21%

57%

6%

Blogs

12%

3%

9%

21%

62%

6%

Twitter

9%

3%

6%

8%

75%

8%

Google is the most important source of news and information (52% very/quite important). Although Facebook tends to be used more frequently, it is not as important as news websites for news and information.

Google is more important to – aged 18-24 (71% very/quite important), aged 25-34 (59%) and incomes over $1,600 pw (57%).

Newspaper websites are more important to – aged 25-34 (54% very/quite important) and incomes over $1,000 pw (51%).

Other news websites are more important to – aged 25-34 (50% very/quite important).

Facebook is more important to – aged 18-24 (51% very/quite important) and aged 25-34 (43%).

Websites about social and political campaigns are more important to – aged 18-24 (23% very/quite important), aged 25-34 (25%) and Greens voters (33%).

Blogs are more important to – aged 18-24 (19% very/quite important), aged 25-34 (21%) and Greens voters (23%).

Twitter is more important to – aged 18-24 (17% very/quite important) and aged 25-34 (20%).

TRENDS: with Peter Lewis

Jul 9, 2012

An overabundance of free online content means we value it less than ever before, polling shows.



The ructions within newspaper empires Fairfax and News Limited centre on our move to online media. But while the opinion makers have written acres on the subject, it seems the general public is less concerned. Essential Media polling shows that only 25 per cent of us are concerned about the potential death of newspapers.

And our online reading habits show why. Sixty per cent of the population do not take in any daily news. Peter Lewis and the 3Q panel discuss this celebration of ignorance and its future implications.

Read more on the polling here.

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