The answer is yes you should stop reading or at least reduce the amount of information you read and before you say anything just go ahead and read this post then share your thoughts below in the comments section.
By definition ‘News is something that doesn’t last’ and that means it’s constantly being produced. News is history. It already happened.
And as news has become easier to distribute and cheaper to produce, the quality has decreased.
In this age of information overload, your life can be filled with irrelevant or unnecessary information in an instant.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for learning and soaking up new information.
And staying up-to-date on important stories can help shape your worldview and make you a good global citizen.
But it is becoming dangerously easy to consume low quality information and convince yourself that it’s normal and good, when it isn’t helping you live a better life at all.
Have you ever asked yourself these questions?
- Is this really important?
- Is this going to matter in a week or in a year?
- Is it helping you in any way?
“We’re surrounded by so much information that is of immediate interest to us that we feel overwhelmed by the never-ending pressure of trying to keep up with it all.”
— Nicolas Carr
Do you remember that not long ago we used to have to wait to get a newspaper or gossip with people in our town to get our news, but not anymore. Thanks to alerts, texts, and other interruptions, news find us almost the minute it’s published.
News producers know very well how to keep the customers engaged by showing these;
“ don’t miss out, tune in, follow this or you’ll be misinformed, oh wait, look at this!”
As you consume more and more of that kind of news, you have less and less time for what really matters to you.
We want to be well informed. I get that but the truth is we want to appear to be well informed. And this is the very weakness that gets manipulated.
What am trying to say is this, most of what you read online today is pointless. It’s not important to your life. It’s not going to help you develop deep and meaningful connections with the people around you.
I’ve stopped consuming news long ago. At first, it was really difficult. When my friends would start talking about something and ask me what I thought, I’d have to say I don’t know.
And they usually get shocked and say “What!?” and “You have to read this” as they took out their phones to send me a link to that article and of course I’d never read. It’s just not important to me. No thanks.
In the current news world, information comes at us constantly from every direction. It’s time to get “bit literate” by taking responsibility for the way you engage with news.
“Great minds think and discuss ideas; average minds discuss events and news; small minds discuss people.”
“News is something constantly being produced and almost all of them are just not useful for your life so don’t waste your precious time on anything that doesn’t add value to your life”
Hope I’m adding value to your life through my posts.
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