Tablets – The New Newsies

I came across a news article tonight that I thought was rather interesting. In it, findings are given that say people who use tablets consume more news (and media in general) than they did before they had a tablet.

Also noted was the development of apps to be used while consuming media on a separate device (most likely TV’s), since many tablet owners said they often do other things while using their tablets.

I was wondering what it was about tablets or e-readers that caused this to happen. Is it that people prefer the enriched online news and tablets make it easier to consume it? Or is it something more along the lines of tablets mimicking /replacing newspapers or magazines (in terms of weight, size, etc.) better than other electronic devices do?

I thought the study was a great example of how the design of a piece of technology can help determine what people use it for.

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