Feed all about it: the evolution of news consumption (infographic)

21 Mar 2014

Image via Oleksiy Mark/Shutterstock

HTC commissioned a study in 10 of its markets to investigate news consumption around the world, finding that more than half (52pc) of people like to ‘snack’ on bite-sized information on daily basis.

The study, conducted by ICM Research, surveyed 10,000 people in Australia, France, Germany, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, the UK and the US.

Many top and tail their day with news, with 42pc checking the news within an hour of waking up and 38pc doing so within an hour of going to bed. Information travels quickly these days and 63pc of those surveyed admitted to a greater need to be first in the know.

The benefits are that 72pc feel more knowledgeable about world events and 65pc believe that access to multiple sources and opinions gives them a more rounded viewpoint.

Surprisingly, only 13pc of those surveyed said they share news stories through social media and only 14pc have ‘liked’ news stories through the omnipresent Facebook button. However, one-quarter of under-25s get their news from social media compared to one-tenth of those over 55.

Social media is more commonly used to share local news, with 30pc doing so, compared to 4pc sharing health news and 9pc sharing celebrity stories.

The infographic below charts the evolution of news from ancient times to modern day, with defining moments, statistics from this study and predictions of what’s to come.

HTC news infographic

Main image by Oleksiy Mark via Shutterstock

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.