Many people still read the news on a daily basis, but there are a lot of reasons many others don’t. Newspaper subscriptions have declined, the news can be very depressing and many people find themselves too busy for it. However, it is a good habit to get into as reading the news every day actually has some very tangible benefits. We’re going to go over eight key advantages to catching up on the news each day.
1. You Learn New Things
The most obvious benefit to reading the news every day is that you remain informed and learn new things. The news frequently covers fascinating interest stories as well as the major events going on in the world, and these topics change daily. Learning new things expands your horizons and generally makes you into a more well-rounded person. For example, the New York Times recently published a story on a breakthrough scientists have made regarding how humans memorize faces.
2. You Learn Of Things Going On In Your Community
Reading local news allows you to keep up with events in your local community. Whether an annual festival is coming up, there was a serious accident involving someone you know or a new ordinance is being considered that affects you, it’s good to know about it. For example, a local family might have lost their house in a fire and you might want to know where to send donations to help them out.
3. You Expose Yourself To Different Points Of View
People do themselves a disservice when they only read one source of news or avoid opposing opinions. “Reading different sources of news and columns with opposing opinions exposes you to new ways of thinking,” said Louder with Crowder. Even if you may not agree with what you read, it’s still important to see where the other side is coming from on an issue.
4. You Know If You Need To Act
Reading the news every day also lets you know if something is going on that you want to be involved in. For example, if a piece of policy is being considered that you wholeheartedly disagree with, reading the news allows you to be aware of it so you can contact your elected officials to voice your displeasure, or attend or hold a rally. You also might wish to act on classifieds advertising something you would like to purchase or a job you would like to apply for.
5. You Can Better Relate To Other People
Having knowledge of current events makes it much easier to both talk and relate to other people, whether they’re your co-workers or a stranger on the bus. It gives you yet another topic of conversation you can bring up, and you aren’t left looking ill-informed when discussions turn to current events. You can also impress and inform people yourself with knowledge you might have obtained from reading interest stories on the news.
6. You Can Stay Informed About Specific Information
Even if the general news doesn’t interest you much, reading the news on a daily basis can keep you up-to-date on more specific, other important things like economics, entertainment and sports. You can read the news specifically to see how your stocks and the financial markets are doing, or to keep tabs on your favorite sports teams. Different news sources sometimes specialize in particular subjects – for example, Forbes details news about business and entrepreneurship and frequently publishes pieces that help employees navigate their jobs and careers.
7. It Increases Analytical Thinking Skills And Vocabulary
Reading the news forces you to think, which increases your analytical thinking skills, reading comprehension, spelling skills, breadth of vocabulary and more. These are useful skills that help you when writing a report for work, reading a novel your friends have recommended to you or just conversing with other people. Having a more expansive vocabulary will turn you into a more effective communicator, which is always a valuable skill in work and in life.
8. It Helps You Understand What Is Going On Internationally
It’s often a good idea to follow a news source or two that are from foreign countries. Good examples include the BBC, Al Jazeera and the main broadcaster of any country of your choice. This has the benefit of exposing you to other cultures and languages, and the different angles they might take for a story.
Making time each day to read the news has a lot of benefits and is actually easier now that you don’t have to read a physical paper but rather can get your news online and through apps on your phone. Make sure you critically analyze things you read – for example, many people now get their news from Facebook, where only legitimate sources of information should be trusted. Reading the news every day will leave you a more well-informed person, a better thinker and a better conversationalist.