The other day I came across a rather insightful blog post penned by someone who decided to quit the news, and the changes that occurred when he did. In summary, the writer made the following five points:
- You feel better.
- You were never actually accomplishing anything by watching the news.
- Most current-events-related conversations are just people talking out of their [rear ends].
- There are much better ways to “be informed.”
- “Being concerned” makes us feel like we’re doing something when we’re not.
The author further elaborates on each point, and I read his discussion with great interest, because I, too, quit the news years ago and seem to have found a kindred spirit. Pretty much everything he came to realize after quitting the news are things I have also realized. Indeed, my time is extremely valuable, and is much better spent on self-improvement than watching/reading news.