Why I cut down my news consumption...


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Right now, there is a major news tabloid vying for your attention. There is a so-called 'journalist' trying to think up of the next eye-catching headline to make you want to click and read the drivel inside.

You're launched into a website where the priorities are twisted truths that create clicks. Articles are about sex, violence, discrimination and the usual celeb gossip. The more you click, the more money they make. 

It's a 24-hour unlimited reel of news story's, and if something tragic were to happen, it would be everywhere.  Each piece of news magnified by 1000, from every angle. 

Take a terrorist attack, for example. Breaking news as it unfolds live through TV, radio, newspapers, online websites and social media. News reporters are speculating and speaking to onlookers of the attack. Pouring over and over every detail, replaying them like a record stuck on a loop. Extra information running across the screen on the ticker, interruptions for more details, just in. Who's to blame for the attack? The reporters say it's a tragedy. The comments section say it's the migrants. 

We're being bombarded with enough information without needing to have our fears amplified and shot back at us. 

I'm not saying that you have to cut out reading any news entirely. It's always good to keep up-to-date with what is going on around the globe.  The positive thing is that you're still in control of what you choose to read and where you get that information from.

By doing this, I'm no longer caught up in the rush of anxiety and fear that some of these rags promote. I can definitely say that cutting down on news consumption and allowing myself to be drip-fed trustworthy articles, have contributed to another feeling of calm in this hectic life.