Do not just read these headlines

Written By: Catrina Lambert

In modern society, most newspapers and other informative works post their work online. From that, people can easily access the important information in these articles without having to search too hard.

However, according to a study by the Media Insight Project revealed that only 41-percent of Americans receive in-depth news information past the headline, and very few look for more in-depth information. And, according to a Washington Post study, only two out of 10 will read past the headline.

This is an issue when it comes to forming your opinion about the affairs of the world. First of all, there’s only minimal information you can receive from reading a one-sentence headline. Secondly, in just reading the headline, you don’t know what the article actually contains. Does it have accurate sources? Was reliable? And therefore, you could easily be getting the wrong information.

Secondly, most newspaper headlines are written to create intrigue or an emotional response.Because of this, it’s easy to be misled about the content of an article.

Imagine it’s about an unconstitutional law, and the headlines leads you to believe it was put into effect. This would, obviously, make you very unhappy. However, if upon reading the article, you discovered that the attention-grabbing title wasn’t the full story- in fact, this law was vetoed when put to vote.

The information and source in the article is incredibly important, and to form opinions, political or no,  it is essential to know things fully. Reading articles past the headline is very beneficial.

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NPHS Senior Alexander Miller reading the newspaper. Photo by: Catrina Lambert

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