Students adapting to technological advances and busy lifestyles

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    It amazes me how many hours I devote to TV.

    Out of those hours, it amazes me even more how little time I spend watching newscasts.

    In one of my journalism classes, I found that a majority of my peers do not watch news on TV.

    My generation as a whole has grown accustomed to the Internet, and this trend continues to grow.

    Norms change, and people change with them.

    In our society, we have more opportunities to access news than our forefathers did.

    Our primary access to news comes from the Internet. The Internet overshadows almost every other branch of journalism.

    Newspapers, magazines and newscasts continue to suffer because of online news and entertainment.

    According to a March 2007 study, Mainetoday.com found that half its readers increased their Internet consumption. Other mediums have lost their popularity, such as TV, radio and newspapers.

    However, TV and radio are far from extinct.

    TV newscasts and newspapers now use the Internet to their advantage as well. Online newspapers allow readers to watch videos on their latest stories. It’s a good idea, but is it working?

    Honestly, I know I seldom click on links to watch video on the stories.

    I usually check the stories that interest me and go on with my day.

    I wonder if most people feel that way.

    As a society, we have little patience, and most of us simply don’t have the time to thumb through newspapers every morning or watch broadcasts on TV every evening.

    The Internet consumes so much of our time, so it’s only natural that we use it as our news avenue.

    The Internet is fast and quick enough to keep up with the pace of our society.

    The Internet continues to lead us in the world of communication, but will other media industries eventually catch up?

    Only time will tell.