Are Podcasts Worth The Hype?
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Are Podcasts Worth The Hype?

Francesca Herring November 20, 2022

Podcasts have revolutionised our way of listening over the years, but they continue to divide people over whether they’re really *THAT* good. Are you a podcast lover? Or do you not really get the hype? Are podcasts worth the hype? Here is a look at the pros and cons of listening to one.

Pros of podcasts

A great thing about podcasts is that there is pretty much one for every subject to ever exist. Podcast apps are a host to some of the most random podcasts ever. Some of the more popular ones tend to be true crime, literature, news and pop culture. 

If you don’t enjoy reading, they are a great way to keep up to date with the world. Or, to learn more about your favourite things. All you have to do is press play and let other people do the talking. Since the rise of podcasts, many celebrities have started their own too. Whether it’s your favourite comedian, singer or influencer, they probably have one. Some celebrities that have found success with podcasts are Stephen Fry, Nick Grimshaw, and Sue Perkins.

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If you struggle to sleep, podcasts are a great method of trying to combat that. There are some designed for nighttime with relaxation techniques to help you drift off. Some even have bedtime stories read by celebrities to help you get some sleep. What more could you want?

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But what if you just can’t get into the groove of them? Are podcasts worth the hype then? Lots of people prefer to visualise what they’re listening to and like to watch people have a discussion as well as listen. Not all podcasts are viewable. It can be a rather strange feeling listening to people speak when you don’t feel like you’re in the room with them.

You may also find them a bit too long. Usually, they’re the length of a normal chat or discussion, but some can reach up to around three hours long. If you don’t have that kind of attention span, they may not be for you.

Personally, I’m a podcast person and I’ll always root for them. There’s something comforting about hearing random people chat about random things!

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I'm an English Literature student at the University of Birmingham, and I'm obsessed with anything literature related! I love reading, watching F1, and listening to music. I've always loved writing articles on my interests and can't wait to get stuck into more journalism.