Why Teenagers Should Read the News

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Unless you’ve been living on another planet, you’ve probably noticed that in the US, people are gearing up for the presidential election. Now that the 2015 general elections are over, the 2016 elections are more prominent than ever in the media. Donald Trump wants to “Make America Great Again”, and Hilary Clinton wants to be the first woman in the Oval Office. No matter who you support, or even if you won’t be eligible to vote in 2016, it’s crucial that you inform yourself about the issues that are not only shaping the country, but also most of the world.

Only 19.9% of young voters (ages 18-19) voted in the 2014 elections (according to civicyouth.org), despite making up the majority of the US population. As citizens in a republic, we have the opportunity to directly shape the society we live in, to make the changes that we want. It’s obvious that this new generation looks at the world around us and often doesn’t like what we see. It’s up to us to take responsibility for the future of our country. In many states, People eligible to vote in 2016 can register as early as today! You can find out if your state allows this here.

However, it’s not just about registering to vote. With the news quite literally at your fingertips 24/7, it’s easier than ever to stay informed on the topics that are being voted on. From the refugee crisis in Europe to the legalization of medical marijuana, global events are covered by news sources (like Rhino Press)! While no one is an expert on every topic on the chopping block, it’s important to have enough knowledge on a given topic to form an educated opinion (as opposed to parroting those of your parents or teachers). So next time you scroll through your Twitter feed, take a second to read about a news event that interests you.

“2014 Youth Turnout and Youth Registration Rates Lowest Ever Recorded; Changes Essential in 2016.” CIRCLE RSS. Tufts University, n.d. Web. 09 Nov. 2015.

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