Dinner with my parents was quite revealing. Growing up, it was standard procedure to procure Sunday editions of both the Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Times and then spend much of the day immersed in current events and learned opinion. My dad would frequently pause to share passages he found notable, reading aloud in his best announcer voice.

My parents are now equipped with smartphones, laptops and tablets, but they are still committed to the printed word. We arrived this past Sunday just as they were wrapping up their weekend reading marathon to find slightly ruffled sections stacked on the coffee table next to a bottle of wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Newspapers appear utterly alien these days. It does not occur to me to purchase a paper, and even though newsprint was an essential aspect of my family household, it is rare that I leaf through an available copy today.

At the dinner table the other night, my parents mentioned an article about 13th Street in Philadelphia, right around the corner from Scribewise World HQ, and reviewed some of their favorite Op-Ed pieces from this week’s Sunday Times.

We knew about the Philly article. We hadn’t read Maureen Dowd. “But how do you get your news?” My dad was incredulous that neither David nor I had picked up a paper in who knows how long, and yet we stay on top of current events.

“Facebook and Twitter,” we replied. My parents couldn’t believe it. While my dad has a Facebook account, he claims that none of his friends post news items. “All I ever see is a photo of someone’s dog,” claimed my father.

Monday mornings at my father’s work were often begun comparing opinions on the news with colleagues, gaining completely different perspectives. But that’s what we do on Facebook these days. Our friends share articles. We comment. We debate. Sometimes two of us chime in, and sometimes dozens of us have our say.

My news gathering habits have changed dramatically in a very short time. Having given up on print some years ago, for some time I gravitated to a select few news aggregator sites on a daily basis. Now those sites have their own Twitter and Facebook feeds. Between publications themselves and friends, my Facebook page has become a perfectly reasonable outlet for the latest information ranging from global to personal, from the San Francisco plane crash to a particularly good looking ice cream cone.

This is a bigger trend. The number of adults who get their news on social sites has nearly doubled in the past few years, according to a recent Pew survey. And a new Gallup poll notes that for 55% of those queried, television is a main source for news, while 21 percent use the internet and less than 10 percent reported print newspapers as their main source.

There are several takeaways from these statistics. First, if you are putting news out into the world, you should absolutely share it on social networks, because that’s where your audience is and will be.

But here’s another perspective: people who read newspapers and magazines tend to spend about 10 times longer media time on each publication. Like my parents, they devote hours to paging through the paper, serendipitously coming across articles of interest, Maureen Dowd opinion pieces, and the like.

Those of us who have transitioned to the social media as news model are missing out on items we or our connections don’t see. We don’t stumble upon the story buried on C7. Unless a story has social pull, either via an emotional hook or an element of surprise, readers will pass it right by.

Online news consumption has strengths and weaknesses. The immediate and instant nature of online means that content comes at us with increasing volume and velocity, and while that richness is vital, we sacrifice the experience of mulling over each narrative. News today is a fast jab. The total social media experience has replaced hours spent with newsprint.

In my youth, I always worried about missing out on news. Now there is more information available than any individual can consume, but velocity delivers just a small part of the picture too. We are speeding through the world, picking up glimpses, on to the next topic before a deep dive.

As content providers, we cannot ignore the way content is being consumed. There is room for the 6 second video as well as the 800 word essay. Offer the entire spectrum.