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How the rise of mobile could create a ‘a second-class digital citizenship’ of less informed news consumers

Nieman Lab

According to a new report from Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, the rise of mobile has a dark side that could lead to the creation of a less engaged, “second-class digital citizenship” made up of less informed news consumers. Somewhat paradoxically, the report’s research Joanna Dunaway says that smartphones are an imperfect tool for consuming news, due to their smaller screens, slower connection speeds and cost of data compared to desktops. Dunaway explains: “We found that, relative to computer users, mobile users spent less time reading news content and were less likely to notice and follow links and to do so for longer periods of time.”

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