People have been using newspapers since at least the early days of the Republic, and newspapers are still the most widely used form of media.
But how are we so good at using them?
How can we get the right information and the right message at the right time?
In this series, BBC News looks at some of the most common questions and answers to these questions and explores how to use them better.
In the first of these, we look at what people are most likely to say when they want to know how much money they’ll receive from a tax credit for taking out a loan.
This week, we’re looking at why people may not want to buy a car they can’t afford.
And in the third article, we find out what people actually read in a newspaper, as well as what they are likely to buy when they do.
If you’re new to news, we suggest reading this week’s latest news on news and current affairs.
Find out more BBC News: All about news – Sunday 20 September