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Almost half of people check the news 'within an hour' of waking up - study

73 per cent of those surveyed said that they feel they know more due to the widespread availability of news.

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ALMOST THREE-QUARTERS OF people feel a bit more of a know-it-all now because of changes in how we consume news, new research has revealed.

A study by smartphone manufacturer HTC revealed that 42 per cent of the 10,000 surveyed check their phone within an hour of waking up, and 38 per cent just before they hit the hay.

This intensive usage has led to 72 per cent of respondents saying they “feel more knowledgeable” about word affairs, while just under two-thirds say they are better able to form their own opinion due to the number of sources available.

However, 55 per cent said that they “are more interested in the news story itself rather than its source”.

The study consisted of 10,000 people across the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Russia, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia.

31 per cent didn’t own a desktop computer, 29 per cent ididn’t own a laptop, and 23 per cent didn’t have a smartphone.

The survey, conducted by ICM, also found that half of over-55s are still loyal to traditional media.

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