It seems that expectations in the millennial generation run high: We all think we should have the golden ticket.
But what happens when the best of something actually costs? Most of us millennials try and find the cheap, easy, or free way to get around paying. And the same thing goes for news. Everyone seems to want great, honest, factually correct and informative news, but no one wants to pay for it. The death of newspapers isn't because we don't read newspapers, it's because we won't pay for them.
I confess, I'm guilty. At one point, I was paying upwards of $50 a month for the New York Times to be delivered daily to my college doorstep. It's one of the best papers in the world, with the highest-quality writers. Two years later, after a stack of papers climbing as high as the Seattle Space Needle and a big fat financial receipt, I called it quits. I wasn't going to pay for news when the Internet existed.
The "I don't want to pay for it" mentality is partly due to the rise of social media, I assume. Facebook surpassed Google as the No. 1 traffic-driving source to news sites, according to statistics from analytics firm Parse.ly.
What does that tell you?
It tells me that we are slowly becoming conditioned to calling Kylie Jenner's lip-suction challenge "news." In today's terms, "news" seems to be defined as subjects that trend on feeds.
Now that is something I won't pay for.
There's a consequence for not paying for good things — and there's a bigger consequence for not paying for quality news: You get shitty information.
According to the Associated Press, a new poll shows that 40 percent of millennials are still actually willing to pay for the news they read — be it a newspaper or in the form of an app. Another 13 percent "pay" for news by logging into other's accounts and scoring free reads via someone else's dollar. (Classic, millennials.) That leaves the remainder of us saying "hell no" when it comes to paying.
Thus, we are resorted to reading watered-down, factually incorrect news — which, in the end, skews poor opinions into even poorer opinions. The funny part is that we then have the audacity to ridicule the sources that produce the poor-quality information. We chastise sources by making memes and spreading it around social media.
But what did you expect, guys? It's free.
In the end, millennials should not expect high quality when we aren't paying for it. Yes, by gosh, news costs money to produce and print — both on paper and online. To ensure you are getting the "golden ticket" of news sources, don't be afraid to pay money. The good things in life need some love and support. And they are rarely free.