Introduction: Newspapers are an easily available source of information which has been a practice since many years. We can get newspapers to update ourselves on various running issues and news all across the world. Newspapers are handy; since they are made out of papers they are eco-friendly and easy to recycle. If we read the newspaper regularly we can see our vocabulary and grammar increasing very well.
Advantages of Newspapers: Newspaper is one good way to learn daily trends. A newspaper is one of the cheapest and easiest sources to information. We can easily get newspapers to our doorsteps and read them. Newspapers offer numerous advantages. Here is a look at the various advantages offered by them:
All the Information under One Roof – Newspapers provide all the information under one roof. People do not have to go looking for the latest news elsewhere if they have subscribed to a general-interest newspaper. These newspapers are strategically divided into various sections such as current affairs, international news, business, sports, health, entertainment, etc. Each section covers news pertaining to its field. So, every important happening occurred in any field in any part of the world is available here.
Source of Entertainment – Newspapers do not just contain serious news they can even be a source of entertainment. They contain news from the entertainment industry. They also have a section that includes puzzles, Sudoku, and other such games to entertain us.
Available in Various Languages – Newspapers are available in various languages with those in Hindi and English language being more readily available in our country. So, we people pick a newspaper in the language they are well-versed with to gain knowledge about the latest happenings.
Easy to Access and Read – Newspapers are cost-effective and easily available in the market. People can read these anywhere and anytime without straining your eyes.
Enhances Vocabulary and Grammar – Reading newspapers regularly can help enhance vocabulary over time. It is also a good way to improve grammatical skills.
Disadvantages of Newspapers: While newspapers offer numerous advantages, they also have their set of disadvantages. Here is a look at the various disadvantages of newspapers:
Wastage of Paper – Millions of newspapers are printed each day utilizing several million pieces of paper. In today’s times, when everything has gone online and we are advised to switch to e-bills to save the paper used on paper bills, why is so much paper being wasted on the newspapers? News can easily be read online.
Can be Time Wasting – Most people who read newspapers have the habit of reading it in the morning with their cup of tea. This can be a waste of time. Instead of getting on with more productive tasks in the morning hours, people are glued to the newspaper to find out what others have been doing.
Stale News – In the era of internet and news channels, newspapers seem to offer stale news. We get to know about the latest happenings around the world within minutes. A newspaper provides the same news after a day. We already know the details about various events even before the newspaper is printed.
Twisted Facts – Different newspapers are influenced by different political parties. Thus, the facts stated in the newspapers can at times be twisted. These are twisted to suit the interest of these parties.
Hamper Work – While reading newspapers regularly is a good habit however many people who read these on a daily basis get addicted to them. This addiction can hamper their work as they read through the entire paper before they begin with any other task.
Conclusion: Newspapers are handy and we can carry them anywhere. Various news country wise, issue wise and field wise are available in neat and separated pages for the reader’s convenience. In a newspaper, we can see the Weather report, Sports News, Local News, World News and much more.
Thus, newspapers offer both advantages and disadvantages. Providing information and entertainment, enhancing reading skills, and improving grammar and vocabulary are some of the advantages while wastage of paper and misrepresentation of facts are some of the disadvantages. It has been seen that the advantages offered by newspapers outweigh the number of disadvantages.