Just this morning I was thinking about this very scenario. I got the bill for my newspaper delivery. While I used to read the newspaper every day, I now get only the Sunday paper delivered. Sometimes I don’t read much of it, though I do try to look through some of the ads.
I was in the convenience store business for 40 years. We owned a small neighborhood store and at one point we sold 125–130 Sunday newspapers every week. When we left the business in 2009 Sunday newspaper sales had dwindled to about 10 per week. Part of that was due to increased paper prices, overall declining sales and change in the neighborhood but I think people just stopped reading the newspaper.
I get most of my local news from the early morning and 10 pm newscasts on television. I also get it online which is where I get much of my national news too. I do read our local weekly neighborhood newspaper pretty regularly. I’ve reached the age where I look at the obituary pages and count how many people are younger than I am that have unfortunately made this section of the paper. So far there are usually more older than me than younger but the gap is narrowing.
The age of technology has changed our world more than people realize (perfect example) and I think it’s for the better for the most part. Of course some changes sadden me, like the loss of newspapers and fewer one on one conversations, but the gains are so much greater.
I feel that I cover both spectrums in the photo above. While I’m closer in age to the two gentlemen on the left I embrace technology and am excited about its future.