Why you should consider watching less news

Some would argue that being in the know is essential in living and operating in any social context and therefore making new consumption a good habit. However, the question then would be, “and then what?” If you have no intention of taking action or making an informed decision through what you watch, then consider the value of what you take in on a daily basis. We live in the age of information overload where news in everywhere; on our TVs, computers, mobile phones,and almost every app we interact with throughout our days.

It is for this reason that people have become mindless news consumers; reading about a panda in an Asian country reaching the old age when news on what would help you accurately fill CRA interest relief form would be more beneficial. As a result of culture, people check news channels and their social media feeds out of habit as opposed to basing it on a concrete need. This passiveness creates a generation of people low in empathy as news of crime, murder, terrorism and other grotesque occurrences become normal.

That is not to promote ignorance; people have to become purposefully in what they do. Doing that sets the parameters of what you can and can’t watch and how much of it you should. In the age of the 24 hour news cycle, you can opt for main highlights or specific shows that target an area of interest you have. Does it make you a better conversationalist and more aware of what’s going on around you? If the answer is yes,consume it, but if you’re not likely to tell someone that you watched cute pandas playing with a zookeeper, then you’re better off doing something else.

Becoming mindful of your consumption means that you increase your awareness of what the news does to your psychology. Recognition of economic, social and political issues is acceptable,but if it is at the expense of your mental, emotional and physical health and wellbeing, then it is best to reduce or eliminate news from your life. How do you know when it has all these effects? When you are overly anxious about things you have no control over, become paranoid or altogether stop taking part in activities that were once part of your daily routine out of fear.

Your mind is likely to become a flurry of worrying thoughts most of which are out of your control. Knowing the cause makes it easier to deal with it and let go of things you have no power over. That then leaves you with the time and energy and focus on working on things within your control,and that honestlymatters. You can’t stop crime so worrying about it does not help; what does is becoming vigilant. You cannot fix the economy and therefore should not be a worry. Instead, seeking financial advice on how to save and invest is a better use of your time.

Not sure if this works? Try a week to a month without news and note the results for yourself.

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