Young adults seek news online

Here’s some interesting research that should renew your faith in the up-and-coming generations: Young people are more likely to prefer reading the news than their elders.

A Pew Research Center survey found those between the ages of 18 and 29 were more likely to read the news than watch it on TV or listen to it on radio (

This is in contrast to people 50 and older who prefer watching the news to reading the news.

But there’s a caveat to all this: While young people prefer reading the news, they prefer reading it online.

Interestingly, numerous studies consistently show young people claim to have less interest in news overall than older generations. Yet, the Pew research shows young people online are getting news at equal or higher rates than older Americans.

They may say they’re not so interested in news, but they are consuming news online at high levels.

Bottom line: Young people are staying informed about the real world primarily through the digital world.

Which is one reason traditional media outlets — newspapers, television and radio stations — put at least as much emphasis on their online delivery platforms as they do their traditional delivery platforms.

It’s a digital world we live in, and young people — who represent the coveted masses for advertisers — spend more of their lives online than anywhere else.


FCC vote

The FCC is planning to vote Oct. 27 on a plan designed to give you more control of the digital data you generate online (

The proposal will require internet service providers (ISPs) to get your specific consent before they can collect or share personal data they collect from you, such as web browsing history, geolocation information, and email and online message content.

Under the plan, ISPs would have to tell you what data they want to collect and how they plan to use it. Then they would need you to authorize such collection and use — essentially, an opt-in process.

Most businesses hate opt-in because the burden on getting permission is on the business, which can sometimes be a pricey affair.

Opt-out, on the other hand, puts the burden on the consumer to refuse permission to the business.

“In today’s digital world, consumers deserve to be able to make informed choices about their privacy and their children’s privacy online,” said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. “After all, it’s your data — shouldn’t you have a say over how it’s used?” (

Those opposed to the new rule point out it will put ISPs at a disadvantage with Google, Facebook and other large internet companies. The FCC can’t regulate websites, which means they don’t have to abide by its rules.


How long to live

Two websites offer a way for you to figure out how many years you may have left in your life.

The Actuaries Longevity Illustrator ( and the Living to 100 Life Expectancy Calculator ( are designed to help you figure out how long you’re likely to live. The goal is to help you manage your retirement planning so you have enough money through all your retirement years.

Simply provide some basic information, and the calculators will break down your probabilities of living to a certain age. For example, I have a 25 percent chance of living to 92, which is interesting and discomforting to know. I’m probably good to about 85. Hmmm.

Check out the sites to get an idea of how far out you should plan for retirement.

Keith Darnay is the Tribune’s online manager and has worked in the online world for more than two decades. His site is at


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