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ARE YOU OBSESSED WITH THE NEWS?

1. You watch the news:

a. Regularly to get my news fix.

b. Every now and then, if it's on.

c. Rarely - and only if I can't be bothered to switch channels.

2. A major news story breaks. You find out:

a. If a friend happens to mention it.

b. The next day.

c. Within the hour.

3. You get the news from:

a. Friends and general chitchat.

b. Newspaper.

c. Newspaper, online and TV.

4. Do you believe everything you read in the newspaper?

a. Yes - if it's published it must be true.

b. No way - I'm skeptical of anything that doesn't ring true.

c. It depends on which paper.

5. Can you remember where you were when the tsunami hit on Boxing Day 2004?

a. Yes.

b. I've got a vague idea.

c. Tsunami - what's that?

6. Which section do you first look at in the newspaper?

a. Cartoons.

b. The front page.

c. Features.

7. Citizen journalism is changing the nature of news reporting. Agree?

a. What's citizen journalism?

b. You mean YouTube?

c. It sure is - I've submitted my own photos to news organizations.

8. Are you on the pulse of the world around you?

a. For sure - I can't bear to feel out of touch.

b. My world isn't that big. Just my family and friends.

c. I keep up with local news - I'm not so interested in world issues.

Calculate your score:

1. a=3, b=2, c=1 5. a=3, b=2, c=1

2. a=1, b=2, c=3 6. a=1, b=2, c=3

3. a=1, b=2, c=3 7. a=1, b=2, c=3

4. a=1, b=3, c=2 8. a=3, b=1, c=2

How did you do?

8-13: Oh dear, you're not very involved, are you? You don't really care what happens in the world, so long as it doesn't affect you. Watch out, you're in danger of becoming very inward-looking.

14-19: You haven't exactly got your finger on the pulse of global happenings, but you're not far behind. You're unlikely to make a fool of yourself through your ignorance.

20-24: Woof woof! No doubt about it, you're a newshound. Keeping up with the news isn't a chore for you - it's verging on an obsession.

Universal Press Syndicate

Head Case - A psychological quiz by Kim Max

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