Print v.s. Online News: Pros and Cons

Print v.s. Online News: Pros and Cons

A continued analysis on the debate over printed newspapers versus online news.

There’s something about reading the news on a Sunday morning sitting across from my dad at the kitchen table that has changed over the years. It’s not that he has changed the amount of ice cream he puts in his coffee or how he cuts out comics and puts them on our fridge, but instead that I read the news off of a tablet where as he reads the hard copy newspaper. At first I thought it was just my generation that gets the majority of their news from the internet, but over the years there has been a strong decline in print newspapers and a rapid increase in the success of online newspapers. There are a multitude of reasons why people have strayed from print newspapers to online resources and vice versa so I want to go over some pros and cons of both.

The first pro for online newspapers seems to be one of the strongest. Its immediately accessible! Instead of waiting for the paper boy to come around in the morning and drop the paper off at your door step you can easily go on your computer, phone, or tablet to see what the latest news is. This also includes things that have happened that day. Online news is currently circulating and changing allowing you to get the max amount of information in the smallest amount of time possible.

A strong con that goes along with online newspapers is that it’s lacking the physical aspect! Not everyone was born into the technology generation with the ability to work an iphone before being able to walk. Nowadays, My dad gets mad at siri more than he gets mad at me. (That’s a good thing right?) With hard copy newspapers slowly dying it seems like older generations will be force to assimilate to online news. Whenever I ask my dad why he likes reading the print newspaper he says that there’s something about flipping through the physical pages that makes it seem more real.

One con that every penny saver loves about online newspapers is that it’s free. The majority of online news, unless its magazine subscriptions, is free unlike having to pay for the newspaper to be delivered to your house. I’m not sure that it’s a do or die money saving technique, but for those individuals who want to save where its easy switching to online is definitely something to look into.

And finally a pro for print newspapers is that research findings suggest that print readers retain significantly more information than people who read articles online. Maybe it’s that staring at a bright screen strains your eyes more than a print newspaper, or that there’s no ads pooping up in the middle of reading a sentence to interrupt your stream of thought.

I continue to read both hard copies and online material on a weekly basis, but I can attest to the fact that it is harder to obtain a physical newspaper as a college student than it is to check the news on your phone. Whether its after class, sometimes during class, or periodically throughout the day, online news has become more accessible and favorable for many people.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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I Turned My Notifications Off for Three Months, And It Did NOT Help My Mental Health

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I turned my notifications on my phone off for three months and here are my observations.

I thought that turning my notifications off for social media would help my mental health. Each time a notification popped up -and it wasn't the one I wanted -I grew more and more anxious (because I mean, really, when you are waiting for someone to answer you it SUCKS to see someone else's name to pop up on the screen).

I noticed that I wasn't checking my phone every single time a notification popped up or clearing it every three seconds. It forced me to be more present -BUT I did find that I was checking the apps more frequently to see if I had missed anything.

Turning notifications off meant that instant conversation wasn't happening anymore, and I found myself saying "if you really need anything from me, call my cell phone number". For some, the idea of having to call someone is daunting. For me, I prefer phone calls to texts. It's nice to hear someone's voice and a lot of the time its easier to explain with a phone call rather than a series of texts.

I've lost every single Snapchat streak I've ever had. Not that it really matters that much to me, but boy, did I upset some people.

Turning off my notifications brought some positive aspects to my life, as well as some more negative ones. Overall, I don't think turning my notifications off helped much with my mental health -but who said social media was healthy, anyway?

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