Social Networks Finally Bypassed Print Newspapers as a Primary Source of News

Television was still tops in the latest survey from Pew Research Center

Spending Sunday morning with a cup of coffee and the newspaper is quickly becoming a thing of the past, according to new research from Pew Research Center.

Pew found that 20 percent of U.S. adults who responded to its survey said they often get news via social media, marking the first time that social network topped newspapers (16 percent) since Pew began researching this topic.

Television was still the top source, at 49 percent, down from 57 percent in 2016. TV was followed by news websites (33 percent, up from 28 percent in 2016) and radio (26 percent, up slightly from 25 percent in 2016).

Pew also included getting news via streaming devices on TVs as an option for the first time, and 9 percent of respondents said they do so often, with 73 percent of that group adding that they also get news often from broadcast or cable TV.

And the research firm also looked at the disparities among age groups:

On the TV side, 37 percent of respondents get news often from local television, compared with 30 percent from cable news and 25 percent from national evening network news.