After the rise of around-the-clock cable news, it wasn't easy to imagine a way in which breaking news could be more readily available -- or more abundant. For boomers, who grew up in an era of daily newspapers and nightly-news anchors, online news has become their go-to source of information regarding developments in world events, local happenings, sports, finance and entertainment.
While use of online news sites by adults between the ages of 18 and 45 has leveled off, boomers' viewership continues to increase [source: Pew].
Boomers turn to the Internet for their news practically as much as any other age group. In doing so, they're not following a trend, but simply satisfying their thirst for up-to-the-minute information.
In fact, more boomers rely on a mix of print and online media to scratch their news itch more so than other generations -- older generations rely more heavily on print, and younger on online news sources [source: Pew]. This may be a result of growing up with an appreciation of online news, but a healthy held-over skepticism formed in the earliest days of online news when accuracy and accountability were often trumped by a publish-it-first mentality.
Regardless, relying on both newspapers and online news sites for information may make boomers more broadly aware of events in the world, since online news-reading can be specifically tailored toward one's own interests, while reading a newspaper offers exposure to a wider range of subjects and opinions.
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