Tradition vs Technology: The Fall of Newspapers

Remember when the newspaper boy came on his bicycle every morning to deliver the paper?…neither do I! This is a time that has become very distant in our memories. With the steady growth in technology, many local and national newspapers are being shut down all across the country. Fewer Americans are subscribing to newspapers, when not too long ago every house on the block was receiving one. This advance in technology allows people easy access to new and old information on the internet. The internet’s popularity has skyrocketed in recent years, especially with the introduction of smart phones. With the use of smart phones information can be accessible anywhere at any time.

One of the most important things about news today is timeliness. People want news right when it happens, and the internet allows them to do so. Also, by searching for news online, a person can find exactly what they are looking for. Print news is very slow and is considered “old” by the time it is delivered to your door. A study conducted by TargetCast confirms that just over 50% of consumers aged 18-24 agreed that they would rather get their news online. Does this mean newspapers are dying?

It’s hard to say what will be the future for print media, but based on the technological advancements in our society today, print media is on its way out the door. This idea is especially true because of how important the idea of “going green” has become. By transferring from print to online media so much paper will be saved in the process. Although this old tradition has started to fade, a new one is being made for the changing times.

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