I stated above the downsides of news, you can make your own judgement. Yes, I suppose one can say that I am being deluded, but not any more so than people actually watching the news. The notion that one can have any significant idea about the state of the world through watching the news is ridiculous. When you stop reading the news, one of the first things you notice about the people who watch the news is just how uninformed they are.
The other thing you notice is how the people who are much of the news care what the news says about them. Often, people who are reading the news will cherry-pick a single bit of information and put it into a huge context in their own minds. News addicts fail to understand that what one can gather from news reports about the world is nowhere near a representative sample of what is going on in the world.
Instead, people get their news from national outlets, and absent a local press, people are likely to vote for a single party down and out. Put differently, people are thinking local, as they read about their neighborhoods, schools, and municipal services.
News does indeed inform people, but I think the news does not particularly inform people. If reading the news makes you better informed, not keeping up makes you ignorant. Now that you have learned about the folly of watching the news, hopefully you will act on it by cutting back on your intake of information.
Even if you do everything in your power to keep up to date on all of the latest news, you are still going to be far from knowledgeable about it all. Everything you read will fill your head with fresh bits of information, and you never know when that information may be useful. If you are one of the countless people who does not make it a habit to regularly read, you may be missing out.
Reading the news helps you learn something new each day, as well as delay the onset of ageing. Reading news helps you to improve your language skills Reading news helps you become a better conversationalist. Reading news gives you the leads to connecting with notable people and events.
It does not matter whether you get your news from a mobile phone or not, just make sure that you are aware of the happenings around the world as well as your immediate surroundings. Every minute spent watching the news is one minute that you are not available to spend learning about the world through other means. If you consume news on TV channels, websites, social media, and newspapers, you are caught up in the noise about politicians, celebrities, wars, irrelevant trade markets, and so on. All of the news that you consume on a daily basis is going to be out of your locus of control nine times out of 10.
If something terrible happens to be in the news, news is going to get to you one way or another. If you are constantly on the lookout for bad news, it is going to affect your health long-term. Every time you watch or read the news, you are feeding yourself a surfeit of negativity that is contaminating your thoughts.
Knowing the effects, I am not sure why anybody subjects themselves to all of the negativity that is presented by mainstream news media. It is understandable that news you find troubling can cause stress and anxiety. While increased anxiety and stress are reasons enough to watch out for excessive exposure when it comes to the news, these and other mental health ailments may also contribute to physical ailments.
More than half of Americans report that news stories make them feel stressed, and many report feeling anxious, tired, or lose sleep because of this, according to a survey.
Other experts said newss impact on an individuals health differs by person. While staying current with local and national news, particularly those related to health care mandates and updates, is crucial in these times, experts say that excessive news consumption may take a toll on ones physical, emotional, and mental health. While watching the news may give you important information to help keep you and others safe, taking in too much information can overwhelm you and harm your mental health. To help mitigate the mental and emotional toll all of this is taking, CDC suggests taking breaks from watching, listening, or reading news stories, particularly because hearing about a pandemic multiple times is distressing.
At a minimum, Breuning says, avoid watching or reading the news right before you go to sleep. If the news you are consuming is keeping you awake or anxious--and some would argue that is the exact purpose of most coverage these days--it is likely not doing you or your health any favours, he says.
If the latter is the case, Ashleigh Edelstein says consider how much news you are consuming, and where you are getting it, and set a goal of cutting back. Breuning agrees, and suggests that you restrict news consumption to a single chunk each day--say, during your lunch hour or just before dinner--if not less.
Even when you are done with news and get back to work, the things you have read will stick around. When you read a piece of news, you notice that details tend to skew toward one side. The more of news facts you digest, the less you understand about the bigger picture.
Even if you read and watch news on a regular basis, you have an opportunity to choose to become a mindful consumer. Ideally, you would feel much more at ease cutting out all sources of news. If you choose news sources that are credible and objective, you are also a person who values truth. You need to consume news on a daily basis over years in order to develop the skills of critical thinking.
Out of the roughly 10,000 news stories you read over the past 12 months, name one that -- because you consumed it -- allowed you to make better decisions on a major issue that affected your life, your career, or your business. Thanks to Google, instead of having all sorts of unfiltered, irrelevant information finding you and eating away at you - which is what happens when you surf through news websites - you can look up the specific information relevant to your situation.