By: Urvi Patel
“You’ll understand when you’re older.” This is a phrase that you have probably heard your whole life, perhaps used as an excuse for protecting you from situations as intimate as family secrets, or to protect you from those situations as widespread and well-known as current events in the news. Now that you're an adult (well, you're here, aren't you?), it's about time to come out from under that rock and become that well-informed member of society you heard so much about.
By reading An Adult’s Guide to Staying Informed, you are taking an important first step towards achieving the aforementioned goal of well-informedness. Life becomes a little clearer and days become more relevant when you have a good understanding of what's going on around you. So, by all means, continue on.
As a preface, trust and distrust in the news media tends to differ by political ideology, so you may choose to follow specific news sources based on your political preferences. However, if you want to remain as unbiased as possible, the chart below shows that there are in fact a few news sources that have high trust levels by the majority of those on both ends of the political spectrum. This chart was created via a very interesting study conducted by the Pew Research Center that you should check out if you have the chance.
Based on the study, the following news sources are generally trusted and are therefore bound to help you become the informed adult you have the potential to be:
If you have a smartphone, staying informed got easier. Most of these news sources, as well as many others, have free applications on smartphones. All you have to do is download the app and have notifications of current and breaking news sent to you instantly.
If you don’t have a smartphone or prefer using a desktop, you can just as easily skim through the news on the source’s website as well!
Speaking of skim, have you heard of the news source TheSkimm? It's another app (or daily [barring weekends] email newsletter) that you can download/subscribe to, and it gives you all of the news and info you need to start your day in ten minutes or less, with a nice hint of unbiased humor and sass splashed in. You can download the app here (scroll to the bottom), or subscribe to the newsletter here.
Another quick source of unbiased current events is The Week's 10 Things You Need to Know Today. This is also a daily newsletter - including weekends - that gives you the top daily ten happenings in current events in snackable (and straightforward) snippets that you can read while sipping on your morning coffee. Sign up for The Week here.
Once you begin the journey towards staying informed, it’s uphill from there. You will discover your interests, passions, beliefs, and values. You will gain new perspectives and knowledge. You will become an informed citizen who can actively participate in what society calls an adult conversation. Knowledge is a power that can’t be taken away.