Some people tell me that they feel uncomfortable about putting their life histories on the Internet. Two weeks ago, I wrote that if you want your kids and grandkids to look at your personal histories, they need to be in the Internet.
But it’s more than that; the best research available states that the Internet is the first, second or third most relied upon source for virtually all topics examined when seeking information and local news. The point is that the Internet is where people are; the place people will go to get information about everything.
The Pew Research Center creates the best data on who uses the Internet and how it’s used. The latest data (citation below) states that the Internet is now a primary source of information for many topics.
It’s also is one of the top places for information regardless of the age of searchers.
The Internet is the medium for information for many years to come. If your personal history is not on the Internet, your personal history doesn’t exist.
More data from Pew as to how people get access to local news:
The survey looked at all forms of communication including television, newspapers, radio, the internet and word-of-mouth. In essence, where people get local information depends on the medium and your age.
Television news is still the top source of information on weather, breaking news and traffic.
Newspapers are the primary source for a wide variety of topics of substance.
The Internet is the first, second or third most relied upon source for local news.
One astonishing fact is that nearly half of all Americans (45 percent) say that they do not have a favorite source for local news.
Nearly half of all Americans use mobile devices (i.e., smartphones) to get local news and information.
Social media seems to be a lousy source of local news and information; just 17 percent of adults get local information via Facebook and other sites (it’s about your friends, not news).
55 percent of adults get local news and information via word-of mouth.
Local information gathering is split by those under and over 40 (under 40 you search the Internet first—still a top news source for those over 40).