Do you own a smartphone – an iPhone or an Android? How about a tablet – the iPad or the Galaxy Tab? You probably own one of the above, if not more than one. This is not uncommon in our day and age; as technology constantly changes, we ourselves must adapt with the transformation.
These devices do indeed serve a greater purpose than perhaps intended. Sure, your iPhone handles calls and voicemails, but it also brings you the internet with one touch of your finger. The tablet is the same in providing you the applications of a computer, while bringing you the world wide net.
Do these devices have an effect on the way you consume news? As mentioned in 12 Trends Shaping Digital News, there seems to exist a growing trend in the consumption of news through digital devices, such as the phone or tablet.
As Caumont describes, more and more Americans are turning to their mobile devices as a source of news, whether it be through social media, news stations’ websites, or news apps. Why would this be? Is it because the internet can act as a secondary source in emergencies (via Twitter), or to confirm campaign and election news (as the research suggests). Is it because these devices allow you to “graze” the news, allowing a controlled filter for news consumption and allowing you to scan through articles and stop where you want? Or is it because the accessibility of a mobile device is good for news intake on the go or during times of the day in which you are not occupied? If Caumont’s research can be proven, then who can explain why despite the fact that digital news consumers see more “press bias, less integrity” in online news sources, the shift towards mobile news doesn’t seem to be affected?