How Important is the News to you?

How Important is the News to you?

Written by Joe Lteif

Every person prioritizes things according to their own interest and preference. As technology is advancing at a very high rate, so is the way media and the news being transmitted to its respected audience. In the article “In Changing News Landscape, Even Television is Vulnerable”, Many facts and figures were thrown at its audience to get ones mind thinking about how news is portrayed, how it has changed, and predict future paths news media will take.

Meet Thomas Buckley, a senior public health major at the University of Tampa. When presented the question of “Where do you get your news from?”, Buckley had this to say. “Well, seeing this is the first time I actually think about it, probably the source I turn to is Facebook.” Not a very surprising answer at all. With social media booming, it seems that Facebook, Twitter and other similar sites have begun to either house news stories or the people who are regularly on them are the ones who get stories from one source, and post it on these sites.

The following facts and figures were presented to Buckley 21, and his response was quite humorous.

  • 20% of ppl that read a book, read them in non print
  • Online and digital news consumption, meanwhile, continues to increase, with many more people now getting news on cell phones, tablets or other mobile platforms.
  • Half the new york times readers read online
  • The percentage of Americans saying they saw news or news headlines on a social networking site yesterday has doubled – from 9% to 19% – since 2010.
  • 1/3 of smart phone users get their news off of the phone itself
  • The overall share of Americans saying they regularly watch local television news has slipped from 54% in 2006 to 48% today – and in that regard it remains one of the news sources with the broadest reach. But the number of 18- to-29 year-olds regularly watching local news has fallen from 42% in 2006 to 28% today.
  • 1/10 of americans use twitter, and over half of americans use Facebook
  • Among individual cable news outlets, CNN’s regular audience has declined since 2008
  • About one-in-five Americans (21%) say they regularly watch Fox News, while about half as many (11%) say they regularly watch MSNBC.
  • Tv is still a top daily news source
  • In the new survey, only 29% say they read a newspaper yesterday, with just 23% reading a print newspaper.
  • 30% of those younger then 25 said that they do not read the news

With the enhancements of technology, it wasn’t a shock to Buckley that less written print is being used and news stories and media is going more to internet and electronic copies. “This day in age, everyone has cell phones and computers, even elementary school kids. I think I was a sophomore in high school before my parents bought me a cell phone. With this said, things like news stories can easily be accessed via mobil, leaving paper newspapers a thing of the past. Many businesses, companies and even governmental jobs have turned to Facebook and Twitter for advertisements and getting messages out to the public. When asked how important is your cellphone to your daily life, Buckley smirked and said “ This thing never leaves my possession.” “ From the minute I get up till I go to bed at night, I feel I am always on my phone. From texting, to going on Facebook, to checking emails, I can’t imagine how people years ago functioned without a cellphone.”

It goes without saying that the advancements of technology has put paper copies extinct. With the growing social media fad, there always seems to be a new app or media site that everyone gets hooked to.

Einstein quoted “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.”

It is left up to each person to decide whether technology benefits man kind or is indeed, a detriment to society.

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