The regular reading of newspapers are generally encouraged and considered a healthy habit. We have so much happening in the world around us that we cannot really get to know them all. The burden of this task of keeping ourselves updated is reduced to a great extent by newspapers.
Newspapers are available at various levels, from the national ones to community run newspapers. They provide us news of various kinds including politics, science and economy.
The first important benefit is in information. Reading newspapers helps us keep ourselves updated. There is general news about the happenings in the locality and across the world. Beyond that, the newspapers carry a specific niche for everyone from fashion to lifestyle and sports. It keep us informed about important events as well as in the areas of our interest. The advertising segments are also informative. They convey important announcement by the government and their programmes. The classifieds are also useful is helping finding jobs and homes.
The second important benefit is knowledge. This is a little different from information. Regular reading of newspaper helps in developing knowledge and building perspective. We can build a global perspective by just reading the newspaper. They carry opinion columns and other kinds of news analysis which help us go beyond the mere information about events. These help in making well informed decisions. It is also a strong vehicle of expression through public opinion and expert opinion.
The newspaper might be a mere collection of facts but the ability to read through them and integrate them into our thought process; it is the best tool for education and development. They are platforms to express our views as well, making it an important communication tool. Reading newspapers is important us in many ways. It is a very cost effective way to keep ourselves updated. We live in a digital age where the several news apps give us live updates. But the habit of reading newspapers helps in developing a holistic personality.