To get a college degree or not? This question has been all the rage during the Great Recession and has continued since it ended last year.
Yes, some people never went to college or dropped out and later became very successful (see Bill Gates or Steve Jobs). But many more people decided not to attend college or dropped out and did not become successful.
There will only be one Bill Gates and one Steve Jobs.
A big reason to get an education… the more education you have, the less likely you are to be unemployed. The graph above says it all.
[image via Jess Jiang/NPR/BLS data]
The main reason? Local news. Explains why AOL is pushing Patch so much.
The second biggest reason? Coupons. Explains why Groupon and other daily deals took off so quickly.
The third biggest reason? National and international news. Can’t really explain that…
Some have cried that newspapers are dying and close to dying. Sure, the circulation figures for most newspapers have declined precipitously since the Internet’s beginning, but this chart shows that perhaps readership is down because recent media consolidation undervalued and hurt local news coverage–what subscribers value most and what many hyperlocal news sites haven’t yet been able to offer a comparable substitute.
[via Business Insider | AdAge]