News Is Bad for You

Watching the news is bad for your mental health. It floods you with negatives, which wires you to see only the negative. It is designed to keep you in the herd, following the leader. It aims make you angry and frustrated. Has it succeeded?

You have a choice. You can ignore the news. Do not give it access to your eyes or ears. Will people think you are stupid or evil because you don’t know the latest chapter in this fake drama? Maybe. Maybe they think I’m stupid and evil. There are costs to thinking for yourself, but there are benefits too. You decide. First, you need to know the real price you are paying for news-following in terms of mental health as well as time.

These resources have more about it:

Blog posts

Stop Traumatizing Yourself by Watching the News

TIME: Is It Bad for You to Read the News Constantly?

How to Establish a Healthy Media Diet

Chronocentrism: Why you feel like you’re at the turning point in history

Why reading the news is bad for you – Do THIS instead!

Fear Is Natural, But You Can Be Super-Natural

Books

REVOLT: The Secret History of a Natural Impulse

How I Escaped from Political Correctness, And You Can Too

The Science of Positivity: Stop Negative Thought Patterns By Changing Your Brain Chemistry

Podcasts

July 3 episode of the Happy Brain Podcast

Animation

Infographics

Where is the good news?