News stories on TV and in newspapers are very often accompanied by pictures. Some people say that these pictures are more effective than words. What is your opinion about this?
Nowadays, the information displayed on TV channels and newspapers contains pictures very often. Some of the readers are of the view that these images are more helpful to convey the idea than the textual portion. Personally, I also believe the same as they not only convey information to readers in less time but also last longer in the minds of audiences.
Firstly, colorful images with catchy captions not only capture the attention of the reader but also convey information instantly. To elaborate, people are having a hectic schedule these days, and do not have time to read lengthy pages or listen to extended audios. For instance, in a recent survey conducted by The Daily Times, 60% of newspaper readers do not spend more than 5 minutes reading a paper. Therefore, pictures can be highly helpful for readers to go through the main happenings at the local and international level in less time as a picture is worth a thousand words.
Secondly, non-text information can be remembered for a longer period of time than the textual one. This is to say, people find it difficult to memorize data in the form of sentences compared to graphics. For instance, research data of the Oxford Press revealed that above 70% of the students who had learned through books having pictures retained information longer than those who had learned through non-graphics books. In short, the information displayed in any source having pictures is remembered for more time.
To conclude, electronic and print media include pictures in most of their news-pieces these days. Some people believe that the reason behind this trend is because graphics are more instrumental than words. Personally, I, also share this view as textual information consumes more time to read and difficult to retain for a longer period of time compared to images.