News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier.
Just think for a moment of your reaction the latest major news item and how it affected you. Maybe the Boston Marathon Bombing or the Waco Fertiliser Plant Explosion or something more recent. How relevant is it to your life and how much has it really affected you? (And affect meaning more than just emotionally buying into it) Not much I’d gather unless you were nearby.
News is bad for your health. It leads to fear and aggression, and hinders your creativity and ability to think deeply. The solution? Stop consuming it altogether.
I’ve found most of the time news is simply noise in our lives and has almost no value and the few titbits of information which are relevant, we’ll find without wading through the mind numbing, short form, superficial dross put out by the media. I’ve thought this for years but here it’s explained as to how dangerous it really is as…
- News Misleads.
- News is irrelevant.
- News has no explanatory power.
- News is toxic to your body.
- News increases cognitive errors.
- News inhibits thinking.
- News works like a drug.
- News wastes time.
- News makes us passive.
- News kills creativity.
News is entertainment.
Despite the impression of importance and urgency news carries little real information. Think of all the news items you’ve consumed and how much has really been of value in your life compared to the cost of consuming all the content around it. If you want the real story long form journalism, full reports and books are the way to get the information not a 15 second stand up from ‘Jim on the scene at the fire’.
I don’t know a single truly creative mind who is a news junkie – not a writer, not a composer, mathematician, physician, scientist, musician, designer, architect or painter.
On the other hand, I know a bunch of viciously uncreative minds who consume news like drugs.
I’ve found also my life is much better to dig into the topics which interest me in detail and don’t waste my time with the news but I do get dragged in occasionally and it never makes my day better and normally just leaves me with an additional level of stress.
I know this article is part of my confirmation bias but it’s exactly that it resonates with what I’ve seen in my own life.