I don’t read articles unless they have a picture. When I skim the newspaper or scroll through articles online, I only find myself stopping to read the article when the picture seems interesting. If there’s no picture at all, I rarely read the article.
It’s not something I do on purpose, but I only read what draws my attention. Pictures do that very well, they’re colorful, interesting and informative. Many times I’ll see a picture and a bunch of questions will pop up in my head. Then, in order to answer those questions I read the supporting article.
The picture helps me visualize a story better, making it easier to comprehend. The picture has to be interesting to me. If it’s a picture of a random building or of a random landscape, then I still will not be interested in reading the article.
I guess I am a very visual person. I’m drawn to more colorful newspapers like USA Today, even if their content isn’t as great as that of The New York Times.
Written by: Greg Borowiak