Do You Read Newspapers?

Until quite recently I received a hard copy of my local newspaper on a daily basis.

I did it because I really enjoy reading the paper and because it was important to me for my children to see that we are active readers of both news and fiction.

They need to be active participants in life and society and part of doing that involves making sure you are informed.

However we reached a time where I realized that I consuming the majority of news online and just a portion of it via that hard copy of the paper so I had adjust my subscription.

Actually I had to do it twice, the first was from daily to Thursday-Sun and then just to Sunday.

I did it because I wasn’t reading the hard copy every day and it seemed like a terrible waste of paper so I reluctantly adjusted to the current schedule.

My news reading is still daily, but the primary source is electronic.

It Changed Long Ago

Truth is that change took place long ago because for years the hard copy of the paper has been a supplement. That is what happens when you can’t update at mouse speed.

But I felt guilty about it for a while and guilty again when I cut down to just one day a week.

So I am curious dear reader about your reading habits, do you still receive a hard copy of a newspaper and if so, how often do you get/read it?

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2 Comments

  1. Danny Brown August 18, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Hey there mate,

    We get a free local paper (that’s as big as any national broadsheet) every day of the week. We never read it, it simply goes directly to the recycle bin. Like you, we consume our news online.

    With books, it’s different. Because our kids are still very young (three and five respectively), we’ll ensure only physical books are read. Even when they’re playing games and my wife and I want to read, we’ll pull out a physical book from our downstairs library. This may change as the kids get older, but I’d like to think not.

    • Joshua August 18, 2015 at 11:55 pm

      I miss reading the paper each day, I truly do. But when you spend as much time as I do in front of the computer or on a smartphone there is no reason not to follow online.

      Not to mention that now I read multiple sources from multiple countries where I used to just get the one POV and info focused on one place. I love the pace and the ability to take a broader or deeper look.

      I am a big fan of teaching the wee ones to read with real books. In my world there is no replacing the joy and pleasure of holding a real book.

      That being said I have no problem using a Kindle or other e-reader. My primary goal is to do whatever I can to help my kids understand the importance of reading and the joy.

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