According to The Beloit College annual Mindset List which provides a yearly recap of the things that shape the lives of students entering college during any given year, most of the eighteen and under crowd have never used a corded phone or worn a watch, Beethoven has always been a dog to them,
and John McEnroe never actually played tennis.You can find the whole list here.
All of this information is useful to a writer when getting down to the details of a story. I consider it a natural part of my research.
So how do you stay current in your writing? Do you have any tips or tricks you use?