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How Newsy Are You?

January 11th, 2015 at 08:04 pm

I am startled at how few people watch the news, read the paper, listen to a broadcast, or read what we used to call "hard news stories" online. Not to mention not watching the weather.

A friend I email was surprised when I mentioned we might have freezing rain today and snow tomorrow. Our local news station has been talking about the possibility for days.

Then a relative was equally surprised at the weather forecast.

Both have cable television. Both have Internet.

We kid around when the weather forecast calls for extreme cold or snow or sleet how shoppers flock to the stores and buy milk, bread, and eggs. It is kind of funny, but at least they are keeping on top of things. I know last winter there were days we didn't get out because school was cancelled and there was a huge amount of snow and the temps were so low. The emergency workers were asking people to stay home unless they had to be out so they could get the roads cleared. We do our grocery shopping every week and I try to keep extra things in the pantry and freezer. Yet the two people I mentioned didn't know they would do because they hadn't gotten the store and didn't have much available.

So, do you read local and national news and the weather? I like to be informed. I think knowing what is going on around me helps me plan for things both for my safety as well as my financial well being.

12 Responses to “How Newsy Are You?”

  1. Bluebird Says:

    I read national news and weather every day, local news sometimes. (I should probably not read national news so often.) I was on a trip with some friends once, and one of my friends was on social media the entire time. In the evening I would take out my iPad to read news, and she would ask me what I was response, "the news". I'm so boring! Smile

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I read CNN everyday and usually Yahoo news too ... at least during the week. On the weekend I might check the weather. I also read the local paper most days during the week.

    I don't have a tv, but when I did, I would usually try to watch the evening news report a few times a week.

  3. ceejay74 Says:

    Being in Minnesota, you just do check the weather before you go out, and usually the night before. There could be anything within 50 degrees on any given day, so you need to be prepared (and safe!).

    Other than that, I depend on friends to post things to social media, and I read Facebook's trending topics, sometimes Yahoo's headlines. I have many friends who are on top of political and other issues, so I can trust them to alert me to the big news, then I read deeper if it's something I feel I need a better understanding of. I get CNN email alerts on breaking news. A real mishmash, but I feel like I follow a ton of news stories, though maybe not all of them.

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    I find most 'news' very negative and draining. We get the paper everyday, and I do try to read some of it. The depends on the time of year and if I'm traveling.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    I check the 10 day forecast online every few days just so there are no weather surprises. When farming you have to be prepared for weather swings. I probably read Yahoo news every day or at least every other day, but I avoid watching on TV or things that are extremely negative or nasty. I just don't need that input in my brain.

  6. MonkeyMama Says:

    I am not very newsy. I am with ccfree - very negative and draining. That and a lot of information overload in general.

    That said, there is middle ground. I like to be somewhat informed. My husband is very newsy and gives me the highlights, which works well.

    Weather-wise, not really a big deal where I live so I don't pay much attention.

  7. Jenn Says:

    I'm one of the folks you're talking about! I have what MMM calls a 'low information diet'. Surprisingly, being uninformed hasn't hurt me much. But like MM above, my husband is not like me, so he's my source of significant news that affects me.

  8. doingitallwrong Says:

    I watch the local morning news on work days for traffic and weather, but otherwise I'm not super-newsy. My husband is, and used to tease me about how "uninformed" I was. Until Kim Jong Il died, and I knew about it three days before he did because it was all over Facebook. (That's also what got him onto Facebook!) I may not be super-informed still, but I figure between a.m. news, FB, hubs and my mom if there's anything really important, I'll find out about it!

  9. Buendia Says:

    Pretty much no news at all; for me a lot of it is just sensationalism. When something big happens, I generally find out through my facebook friends' postings, and then I sometimes look up just that story on the BBC. But... I do look at the weather! I want to make sure if it snows I have the car with the snow tires!

  10. Kiki Says:

    I watch the news in the morning when I'm getting ready for work. I also watch the local and national news when I making dinner. I will scan news websites and I'm taking a break at work but I also have to read them for up-to-the-minute topics concerning work projects so I'm fairly knowledgeable or listening at least to most news events Monday through Friday. I am weak or on the weekends when I simply don't have time to watch. I also only allow myself 15 hours of TV a week on top of allowing myself to watch the national and local news in the evening when I get home.

  11. FS Says:

    I read mostly business/local news with the daily dose of weather and traffic. On the rare occasion that I turned on the TV, I usually watch international news, which left me feeling horrified at the dept of human cruelty and appreciative of my own situation at the same time.

  12. CB in the City Says:

    I watch the news morning and evening, though I'm often doing other things at the same time. Since I do a lot of walking, I pay close attention to the weather.

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