I was brought up in a household where the paper dropped through the letterbox on a daily basis and the news was digested in a serious manner , something fairly common amongst the populace , save for those for whom the daily trip to the newsagent was as necessary as a morning coffee. Mum and Dad were of a generation where the papers could deliver news that may have been of earth shattering importance , possibly upon which one's life could depend somehow or other. They simply had to keep up to date. Mum still listens to the news every hour almost. I think the radio is hard wired into her lighting circuit.
Since setting up home I have never ever subscriber nor purchased a daily paper on anything like a regular basis. After all what threats were there ? Trips out for the day or on holiday perhaps, but who had time otherwise . Anything newsworthy would be on the bastion of truth and fair play - the Beeb !
Previous comment is tongue in cheek by the way
However , a few years ago I did subscribe to a weekly mag and for the past year or two I have actually subscribed to an online paper , updated throughout the day no less . So why the change ?
Is it because I am no longer practising as an accountant (so not busy any more) or has the wheel come full circle and my generation needs the news NOW 24/7 ?