According to a 2007 survey from Harvard University, 60% of U.S teenagers pay little attention to the daily news. The truth is, it is hard for teenagers today to sit down and listen to something, that may not even apply to them. Though it is important to know what is happening outside of Durango, it may also be a stretch to expect kids to be interested in everything going on in the world these days.
War and politics are just two of the items that students may miss when they fail to watch, read, or listen to the news. Newspapers like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post publish anywhere from 240-500 stories or videos per day. With all of this news so readily available, it’s no wonder students get bored and sometimes intimidated by it.
“I don’t feel like I know a lot about what is going on in America and the World right now because there has been so much going on that i’ve stopped trying to keep track,” said So. Lola Thomas.
Despite the fact, that there is a lot of negative news out there, some youth do understand the importance of learning and making connections to current events.
“It’s important to be informed about current events because the more unbiased information you learn the better you can make an informed opinion,” said So. Grace Meyer.
With the majority of news today being negative it can easily dissuade kids from following the news and learning more about current events. If more focus was put on the positive events happening around the world, news might gain more interest.
“Even though I think it is important to know what is going on in the world right now, I feel like everyone does need a break from knowing all of these events because it is exhausting,” said Thomas