News Attention in a Mobile Era Academic Article uri icon


  • 2018, The Author(s) 2018. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of International Communication Association. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: Mobile access to the Internet is changing the way people consume information, yet we know little about the effects of this shift on news consumption. Consuming news is key to democratic citizenship, but is attention to news the same in a mobile environment? We argue that attention to news on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones is not the same as attention to news for those on computers. Our research uses eye tracking in two lab experiments to capture the effects of mobile device use on news attention. We also conduct a large-scale study of web traffic data to provide further evidence that news attention is significantly different across computers and mobile devices.

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altmetric score

  • 92.26

author list (cited authors)

  • Dunaway, J., Searles, K., Sui, M., & Paul, N.

citation count

  • 68

complete list of authors

  • Dunaway, Johanna||Searles, Kathleen||Sui, Mingxiao||Paul, Newly

publication date

  • January 2018