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Reading newspapers - how unusual am I?

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Bookridden Sun 19-Nov-17 18:47:09

I'm in my 40s and I've realised that hardly anyone my age or younger that I know reads a paper every or most days. Quite a few friends read a paper at the weekend, but the only people I know (apart from me) who read a daily paper are retired, elderly relatives! I happened to go for a walk recently in the area where I live on recycling day, and I noticed as well that very few houses had papers in their paper recycling bins. So, I wonder how unusual my avid paper habit is and - sadly - if newspapers will have much of a future as younger people seem to get all their news from the internet.

somewhereovertherain Sun 19-Nov-17 18:49:52

I only ever get a newspaper if it’s on the weekend and free from booths when you spend a tenner. Then only for firelighting.

Last newspaper I bought as about 3 years ago and that was cause it was in it.

Dont even bother with local ones any more.

somewhereovertherain Sun 19-Nov-17 18:51:10

Should add I’m mid forties. And the only person I know who buys a newspaper regularly is my 75 y/o FIL.

Bluntness100 Sun 19-Nov-17 18:51:17

I read the newspapers on line, I don’t buy paper versions.

pasturesgreen Sun 19-Nov-17 18:51:26

I read buy two papers most days and I'm 32, but yes, I'd say it's quite rare and definitely getting rare in the younger generation.

For me it's force of habit mostly. My dad has always been a loyal Telegraph reader and I kept that up when I moved out. Have since added the Guardian.

ChequeredPasta Sun 19-Nov-17 18:51:36

I read the papers online daily - the guardian, the independent and bbc news. I’m 30, have done since I was 18.
I’d never buy a physical copy (unless I couldn’t access the internet) as it seems such a waste. A waste of paper, a waste of the fuel it cost to transport them etc etc.
I think you get people are probably more conscious of the environmental impact of things these days. It’s a good thing.

PrincessoftheSea Sun 19-Nov-17 18:52:04

I read the papers online on my commute during the week. I read them in paper format at the weekend.

Escapepeas Sun 19-Nov-17 18:52:11

I read the news online every day and I always snoop at the local stuff too. It’s an ingrained habit gained in a previous job.

EmilyChambers79 Sun 19-Nov-17 18:54:09

I read the free local newspaper that comes through the door on a Friday but I don't buy newspapers.

I just find them to do a lot of scaremongering and none of them seem to present fair sides on any story. I'd read a paper if I could find an unbiased view of things going on in the world. I don't even watch the news.

TheVanguardSix Sun 19-Nov-17 18:55:19

I read 'online papers' every day. But I rarely buy hard copies anymore.

I have gone back to books and prefer them to Kindles and eBooks. But newspapers are a bit easier to read online. Usually I'm working on my laptop and I just have a nose at the news.

I am feeding the beast by reading online and not actually reading papers anymore. I still read magazines though.

VivaLeBeaver Sun 19-Nov-17 18:58:06

I buy The Times every Saturday but no longer read a daily.

BrioAmio Sun 19-Nov-17 18:58:40

I buy The Sunday Times occasionally, I grew up reading it and love curling up with it in front of the fire.

It does tend to cost me a bloody fortune as I always want something from the Style magazine these days 😂

My Dad still gets it every day.

UrsulaPandress Sun 19-Nov-17 18:59:21

I read a paper daily.

Our recycling is over flowing.

Seniorcitizen1 Sun 19-Nov-17 18:59:54

Buy Sunday paper and read rest online - too expensive to buy everyday and can read a few online. I know that if people dont buy them then soon they won’t exist but don’t value them enough to buy

NotDavidTennant Sun 19-Nov-17 19:00:37

I occasionally look at the Metro or Evening Standard when I'm on the train and have nothing to read. But I mostly don't read them for the news, as print media is usually way behind what you can find out online or from the TV news channels.

baffledcoconut Sun 19-Nov-17 19:00:52

I get a weekend one from Waitrose. Mainly because it’s free and my parents can have it to help light the fire.

Ttbb Sun 19-Nov-17 19:01:00

I have a real internal battle aboytyhis. On the one hand I'm not fond of using the apps/websites.
But in the other hand I hate having newspapers lying around/huge waste of paper. I would just go to a cafe to read them but I live in one of those forgotten towns where the vast majority of people are undereducated (thankfully that's changing as it is turning into s commuter zone) so the papers that the stock in cafes are not worth reading. I usually just end up using the mobile sites and saving physical papers for days when I have train journeys/buying them, going to a cafe to read them and then just leaving them on the paper rack in the cafe.

BuzzKillington Sun 19-Nov-17 19:03:29

My parents read the Times from cover to cover every day.

We only buy it on a Saturday.

PrettyLittleBrownEyedMe Sun 19-Nov-17 19:05:36

I buy and read a physical newspaper every single day, and at least two on Sundays. I am online a lot and consider myself computer literate so it's not that I haven't 'caught up' with modern technology. When I have asked myself about what I perceive as the benefit, I've come to the conclusion it's that I know when I've finished! It's so easy just to surf endlessly on the net going from one thing to another aimlessly. Another thing is that it's just nice not to be facing a screen for yet another 'task'. I'm in my 40s. And although I do have a Kindle, nothing replaces the pleasure of a physical book and I don't use it much. I find it doesn't keep my attention somehow and I forget what I've read. I think I'm a dying breed though.

ASqueakingInTheShrubbery Sun 19-Nov-17 19:05:42

I used to read the Times every day when I travelled to work on public transport. Now I drive and don't have another time slot to fit it into, so it's a real treat when I did have one.

BreakfastAtStephanies Sun 19-Nov-17 19:06:42

I am also in my forties. I read a local weekly newspaper that my parents pass on to me 3 days after publication. That's it. I am mostly interested in the letters page, puzzles and obituaries.

All newspapers are out of date immediately. Depends if you like all the columnist contributions, some of which can be interesting but a lot is just filling up the newspaper space.

DH used to pick up a daily on his way to work which I would read in the evening. There was a moment when I realised that a lot of stuff reported is a fabrication. I had read about Sir Paul McCartney's divorce. The newspaper reported a lot of stuff which was simply untrue. I know there are rules and regulations about this but it struck me like a thunderbolt that it was a waste of my time reading untrue rubbish, and that I couldn't trust the newspaper.

These days I see a limited amount of TV news, and a little on the internet. I won't read a national newspaper again.

ForalltheSaints Sun 19-Nov-17 19:08:13

I read the Evening Standard on the way home from work, but have not paid for a paper in a long time.

PinkBuffalo Sun 19-Nov-17 19:08:20

I'm 30s and get a daily paper. I also get the local paper and look at Bec news online and county news online.
I will say there is a lot of stuff in the paper copies that isn't online, not without hunting it down anyway. Just a snippet here and there which really catches my interest. I'm not a big screen fan either.
I would say our local paper covered our general election candidates extremely well, and this info definitely wasn't online. They did a fab job, so much so people in my constituency who I work with asked to see the paper I had bought as the info wasn't readily available.

eurochick Sun 19-Nov-17 19:09:21

I used online news for ages but have just signed up for a Times subscription.

Missstickinthemud Sun 19-Nov-17 19:11:02

I haven't bought a paper in years. I stopped when I began to find there is very little in them that I actually want to read. There tend to be only a few pages of actual news which is all I'm really interested in. The rest is all opinion pieces, adverts, lifestyle stuff and sport which I either don't care about or can easily get elsewhere.

I can totally see a future in which newspapers go the way of the Dodo. Magazines too, they are very expensive for what they are and can get pretty repetitive when you buy a few additions in a row.

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