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Why You Should Quit the News

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Why You Should Quit the NewsThe news media have gone batshit crazy with the rest of the world. It’s time to quit the news.

45 minute readby Mark Manson

Everyone kind of already knows that the news sucks. In all my life, I can’t think of anyone who seems to enjoy reading or watching the news every day. It’s a cover samsung s8 flip kind of bitter responsibility or endured necessity for people. News is like the societal version of flossing: it’s not fun, yet we continue to do it every day anyway, as a sort of obligation to prevent decay of the social order.

We all get it: yes, the news is overly negative, and yes, it often gets some things wrong. But in the ebay cover samsung galaxy ace plus end, we’re better off for it. That’s how the argument usually goes. Some even say we need the star trek iphone cover news, that democracy is cover samsung galaxy s5 verde impossible without custodia cover samsung s5 it.

In this article, I’m going to challenge that idea. In fact, I’m going to argue that the news doesn’t just seem to be horrible, in its current form it is horrible. It is actively damaging our culture. And most of what we blame on social media or the internet the upticks in stress, anxiety, pessimism, and polarization is misplaced. News media is miniinthebox cover iphone 6s the true culprit.

Obviously, this is a bold argument. And this article will be quite long. We’ll investigate what makes some information valuable cover iphone 7 carbon and other cover samsung s8 wood information worthless. We’ll look at how networks of information emerge and how news has traditionally traveled throughout human history. We will look at how the internet and social media have affected those traditional networks, and, of course, I’ll take a stab at explaining why our current media environment is a shit sauna.

Finally, cover samsung s5 bumper I’ll discuss what I feel are better alternatives for staying informed than consuming news. There will be lots of links.

So, take a deep breath maybe grab a stress ball. This is going to take a while.

Why Is the News So TerribleLet me ask you this: when was the last time you made a major life decision based on a news story Or: when was the last time information from a news story directly impacted your life And I don’t mean, “It made me really, really upset,” impacted. I mean, like, actually impacted you.

Chances are you can’t remember. That’s because the vast majority of news is irrelevant. Car chases. Bank robberies. Celebrity overdoses. Sports cover samsung j3 silicone morbido 3d scores. Homeless people throwing feces at each other. None of us ever cover iphone 6 doge really have the experience of seeing a news story and immediately thinking, “Man, I need to change what I’m doing.” If it’s ever happened to me, I don’t remember it.

The news does not tell you what job to cover samsung galaxy s7 take or how to deal with your angry husband or what the best brand of headphones is or what to feed your kids in the morning. It doesn’t help you to be a better friend or explain why you have panic attacks or advise on the best way to deal with an unruly child.

The news is pretty much useless for helping you determine what to do with your life. You may argue that the news helps you determine who you vote cover samsung a5 2017 iron man for, but research suggests that even that’s not true we are far more swayed by our friends, family, and day to day circumstances than any information we may find on the news.1 If you want to know a politician’s platform today, you can custodia cover iphone 5 5s se just go to their website or hear them speak directly on YouTube. You don’t need a talking custodia cover samsung a40 suit on television or an op ed section to tell you what to think.

If we’re being honest, most of the value we get from consuming news is having something to talk about with other people who consume the news. And considering this has a 50% chance of making you hate each other, even that value becomes questionable.

So, if the news isn’t sharing useful facts or information that is directly affecting millions of people’s lives, what exactly is the news trying to do

Well, that’s easy. So of course you tune in again tomorrow to see what happened next!

This is why we can’t have cover samsung galaxy a7 2018 rigida nice things these complaints have existed for decades. You’ve probably heard samsung galaxy s20 hoesjes them before. And you probably justify them as necessary evils. I mean, you’ve got to wrap the important stuff in some gruesome entertainment, right It’s the sugar that helps the medicine go down.

But I disagree. Not only is it not necessary, but this style of outrage porn harms us and our culture.

Recurring Trauma Studies find that many people who view catastrophic events (terrorist attacks, mass shootings, natural disasters) repeated over and over again on television can develop PTSD like symptoms, even though they had no direct experience of the catastrophe.3Agenda Setting When the news media becomes obsessed with a topic and shows it repeatedly, people begin to believe that topic is important, whether it actually is or not (hello, Monica Lewinsky).4 Similarly, negative news coverage causes people to overestimate problems, believing they’re far more widespread than they actually are. What’s worse, this seems to only be true for negative news. Positive news does not cause the same biases in our thinking.5Cultivation Theory Studies report that people who watch more news tend to overestimate the amount of crime and violence that cover iphone 5 trackid=sp-006 happens in the real world. Consuming news generates a greater sense of pessimism about not just the world, but your own life.7 It also increases stress and symptoms of generalized anxiety.8To sum up: we have highly emotive content of little relevance and utility promoting skewed and inaccurate perceptions about the world, about other people, and about ourselves. It generates stress and anxiety, causes greater distrust in others, and can actually make us cover samsung j3 2016 colorata less informed about the world. Oh, and it runs 24/7, on every social feed, every homepage, in every airport, every hotel, all day, every day, forever and ever

Gag me with a fucking Flintstones spoon.

It shall be an honorable death news still has this reputation as something that needs to be watched. Like the proverbial veggies for our cultural diet. In that post, I argued that the most important personal challenge we face as individuals today is to learn how to manage and care for our own attention. To take our attentional health seriously the same way we would care for our body (or not). This is especially relevant, because in the age of Twitter diplomacy, pretty much everything is designed to hijack our attention and trigger compulsive and repetitive behaviors in consumers. aliexpress cover iphone 8 plus When I wrote that article, I lumped news media in as one of many culprits. Just as I decided to cut most of the video games, social media, and funny cat memes from my life, I lumped news into that category as something cover samsung neo s3 I probably spent too much time on…

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