Standing at the checkout line in an airport and see "50 Celebrity Diet Secrets Revealed!"...truth: I am SO guilty of plopping that baby down on the counter and forking out $3.29 on a fluff-filled, glossy magazine for the plane.
I am a newspaper junkie and am one of (I guess a few?) that actually still prefer to hold a paper in my hands. Yes, it's inky and your arm will cramp up as you try and finagle the stupid thing to find the perfect way to hold it so you're not elbow jabbing the guy next to you. Regardless if you prefer it on your tablet or in paper form, reading something of substance is important.
A lot of times people would just rather be uninformed, and I get it. News can be downright depressing and a little repetitive but at that same token, not being in the know stunts you. Is someone going to come up and quiz you on the topic you read about in the Wall Street Journal? Probably not. But if the CEO of a company happened to sit down next to you, wouldn't you rather know who he/she is and have something to talk about with them? The alternative is to be in Starbucks and have no clue you're standing behind Jamie Dimon (the CEO of JPMorgan Chase.)
I'm not sure who said "knowledge is power" first, but it has been echoed for years and still rings so true. It's a v bad idea to be uniformed or uninterested about things happening around us. The millennial generation gets a terrrrrrrible rap for sticking our heads in the sand and knowing more about our favorite celebrity than any political figure (should we take a poll if we think Kim K was actually robbed?) That is a mass generalization, of course, and you can change your priorities any time you want!
Check out a periodical subscription like the Wall Street Journal, New York Times or even a local paper. If you're a student or work for a big company, you can usually score a sweet discount too. The internet has made getting news even easier with companies like The Skimm that curate important stories into one concise location. This basically gives us ZERO excuse to not be informed.
Also, this is still always here when you just need that glorious junk read ;)