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One-Third Of Under-40 Crowd Followed First Debate On Second Screen

  • Poynter, Sunday, October 14, 2012 11:31 PM

More evidence that TV watching has become less of a lean-back experience: according to a Pew Research Center survey, 32% of under-40 American viewers "used digital devices while watching the [first presidential] debate and the same number followed public reaction live online," writes Jeff Sonderman. And 51% of the under-40 crowd "got at least some coverage online or through social media." Adds Sonderman, "This phenomenon creates a huge demand for news organizations to provide live second-screen coverage."

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