British living in France, play the piano, write on my tech blog: The Detechtor
Printed newspapers have been around for a long time, some newspapers appearing as early as the 16th century namely in Germany. However, they quickly gained in popularity outside of Germany in countries like the United Kingdom, Italy, Sweden and France.
Digital news, on the other hand, has only been around for as long as the internet. Starting in the late 1990's it has continuously grown in popularity, decreasing the number of printed newspapers being sold.
Will printed news survive or will everyone eventually turn to their devices? In this article, I'll be explaining some of the reasons why people are reading digital news and also some reasons why the printed newspaper may not die.
It is back in the 1990’s digital news became a possibility with the creation of the internet. At that time few people had access to it but nowadays almost anyone can get online directly from their smartphone. The creation of the internet has allowed us to access every type of music at the click of a button, watch TV and films whenever and wherever you want all from our smartphones, and reading the news is no exception.
With online news and media companies gaining in popularity, like the Huffington post, and even traditionally printed paper companies now available online, like The Guardian or The Times, it has never been so easy to read the latest headlines. So here are the reasons behind the success:
I hope so! Personally, I'm not a huge fan of digital news. I love to read a printed newspaper, so here are several reasons why I prefer them:
No distractions: I find that when I read the newspaper on my iPad, it's just too easy to get distracted. If I get a notification from social media or an email I end up leaving my article and moving on to something else. However, when I'm reading the printed newspaper, my devices are far away and I can just concentrate on the latest news.
The tradition: This may seem silly but I love the fact that people have been buying and reading the newspaper for centuries and its a tradition that I don't want to stop.
The feel: I like holding the newspaper! I don't want to swipe left and right or scroll up and down, I want to turn the pages (even if the newspaper is big and I have to rearrange the pages once they've fallen out)!
And finally, the smell of ink and paper: I mentioned in a previous article that I love the smell of books and the same goes for newspapers! Maybe I'm weird or maybe I'm not alone but there is something about the smell that adds to the experience.
I have nothing against digital news, I think it's very useful but it just doesn't compare to the printed newspaper experience. I sincerely hope that printed news doesn't die but I'm aware that more and more people are turning towards digital news. Maybe we will get to the point when daily newspapers die out but the Sunday paper (which is probably the most popular) survives, we'll have to wait and see.
This story was originally published on my tech blog, The Detechtor, where I cover stories on how tech impacts our lives, if you're interested, check it out!
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