I don’t exactly remember when I stopped reading newspapers. I guess it’s more than 5 years now. It was a good decision and I don’t recall having missed out anything meaningful ever since. Yes, at times it is a bit embarrassing not to be aware of the latest happenings and I am unable to participate in the ongoing discussion but I have accepted such moments as a side effect of doing something which saves me a lot of unproductive time every day.
“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed.
If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.” ― Mark Twain
So, how do I remain updated? Well, I am not. I practice ‘information fasting’. There is too much of information flow around us and I don’t think anyone can remain updated with everything. I don’t even make an attempt. I am fine with less information. Most of it is anyways, useless.
“A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant
more ignorant and the crazy crazier.” ―H.L. Mencken
In fact, I read a lot but I choose my own reading material. This way I am also able to choose my own convenient time (newspapers are typically the morning thing). I prefer to read books, articles and watch videos of top speakers. I also prefer a few mobile apps which provides news summary.
“Four hostile newspapers are more to be
feared than a thousand bayonets..” ― Napoleon Bonaparte
I have nothing against newspapers. Some of them really contain quality news and independent too (though, most are not), but it’s just that I don’t connect with newspaper that much anymore. There is so much more in life to do than reading unsolicited, non user friendly newspapers.
“The best fiction is far truer than any journalism”―William Faulkner
What works for me may or may not work for you. However, sometimes we do things because that’s the norm. Reading newspapers first thing in the morning is the norm for many. I just suggest them to question this routine and explore if there is a better way to satisfy the hunger for news.