Does it come as a surprise to anyone that people are now spending more time online and on their mobiles than they have in the past? Does it surprise you that as a result of this, the average time an individual spends reading the more traditional print media (i.e., newspapers and magazines) is decreasing at a rapid rate? Well, if you are surprised, where have you been? We're now in an age where we are inundated with real-time information from across the globe, all of which is accessible via the Internet, and via our mobile and tablet devices.
Whilst some people still like to go out and buy a newspaper on the weekend, I'm very much of the opinion 'why pay for a newspaper when I can just go onto the Internet and find out exactly what's going on, for free?' There are so many services out there which just make the process of finding out news, so much easier. For most newspapers, you can go online and read the exact same articles you would in the paper (unless the online version is held behind a pay-wall).
There's also Twitter, which allows you to firstly specify your location, and then, as a result, see hot topics (or 'trends') for your region. Through such a service, you're able to see exactly what people are talking about right now, wherever you are in the world. Of course, you can also see country-specific and worldwide trends, to find out what's going on a little further afield. Twitter also lets you conduct searches, so even if something isn't a trending topic, you're still likely going to find a conversation or two about something you're interested in at a given time.
Having only really spoken about Twitter and the various newspapers' websites, you start to get the idea of just how easy it is to see/read the latest news online - that's without even factoring in the likes of Google News, Google Alerts and the other online news publishers. Back to Twitter, and the micro-blogging platform has emerged as an incredible tool for reporting breaking news. If something happens in the world, it's now far more likely that it will be discussed online, via Twitter, before it gets written and distributed in printed form through newspapers and articles. So, isn't it better to get your news straight from the horse's mouth as it were?