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Over Half of Americans Now Get Their News Online

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Over half of all Americans now get their news online and seek out such stories once or twice a day, according to headline aggregator Ongo. More than a third also search for articles on the Internet three or more times daily.

Based on a survey of 726 individuals, the service finds that 56% of respondents go online once or twice each day to look for news. In addition, 34% of respondents check two or more news sites daily, while 26% and 24% browse three and four or more sites for breaking updates, respectively. Results further show that men are more likely than women to browse multiple sites to gain insight into current happenings.

Based on the poll’s findings, 37% of Americans spend somewhere between 15 and 30 minutes reading news online each day. In contrast, 26% do so for between 31 minutes to one hour daily, while 21% invest 15 minutes or less browsing Internet news stories.

Topics of greatest interest for participants include national news (77%), world news (75%) and local news (73%). Health and politics trail at 50% and 49%, though we’ve yet to hear how more pressing subjects such as Justin Bieber or the recent passing of singer Amy Winehouse rank.

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