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A month after you’ve quit the news, it’s hard to name anything useful that’s been lost. It becomes clear that those years of news-watching amounted to virtually nothing in terms of improvement to your quality of life, lasting knowledge, or your ability to help others.
You were never actually accomplishing anything or get informed by watching the news.
Watching the news doesn't inform people particularly well.
The news provides information in infinite volume but very limited depth, and it’s clearly meant to agitate us more than educate us. Every minute spent watching the news is a minute you are unavailable for learning about the world in other ways.
Watching the news makes us feel like we’re doing something when we’re not.
We feel bad ignoring the bad stuff that happens in the world. So we keep watching: Because watching disasters unfold, even while we do nothing, at least feels a little more compassionate than switching off.
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