The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press surveys Americans every two years about their media consumption patterns. The most recent survey, taken in June of 2010, shows a decline in news from traditional print and broadcast sources, accompanied by a rise in online news.  You can see the overall trends in the chart below and read the full report here.

Consider these national patterns as you talk to your peers about how and why they follow the news.  And check out a  recent  Pew Center report about the generation gap in American politics and the beliefs of Millennials.

Source: Pew Center for People and the Press