Q4 Television, newspapers and the internet – which of these do young people prefer as a source of information and why?
Technology has changed over the years and today, the internet is widely used as a preferred source of information than the newspaper or the television. As internet have taken over traditional media methods such as newspaper and television, young people grew a strong sense of affinity with the internet that homework problems that cannot be solved by them, internet would be the next solution as it provides vast information unlike newspapers and television.
People all over the world have flocked to the internet to share their knowledge and ideas with others. One relatively good example would be Wikipedia - “the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit”, Wikipedia currently has over three million articles in two hundred and forty languages.
Meanwhile, the major detriment of young people drawing information from conventional media such as newspaper and television is due to its relatively narrow scope of information in nature. For example, why would a teenager bother to read pages and pages of text where they could watch the news summarized on the internet or television? Although television eclipses print in obtaining news and information because of its striking non-still imagery, but young people still prefer the internet instead.
The underlying factor that made young people prefer the internet to television is because the television does not provide a greater accessibility in gathering information as compared to the internet. Simply Google their task and a wide range of information would be provided for them. This gives young people myriad sources of information to read from and some of these sources even contain thoughts and opinions of bloggers and columnists. On the other hand, the scope of information found on television and newspapers is rather narrow and limited. As it is only showing a certain person’s point of view. It is difficult to...