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Five Things You Notice When You Quit the News

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There is an extraordinary gulf between having a functional understanding of an issue, and the cursory glance you get from the news.

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Five Things You Notice When You Quit the News

Five Things You Notice When You Quit the News

https://www.raptitude.com/2016/12/five-things-you-notice-when-you-quit-the-news/

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Feeling better

A common symptom of quitting the news is an improvement in mood.

We don't get a sample of what is really happening in the world. TV selections exploit our negativity bias. They select what’s unusual, awful, and probably going to be popular.

You're not losing anything

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.

Better ways to “be informed”

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.

Being concerned

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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Remember the joy of having flour everywhere and olive oil on your fingers, or simply glancing over to an open book, rather than on a small screen of a smartphone which keeps on going off, or worse, gets filled with ads.

Listening to an actual radio

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Why you are afraid of quitting

The sunk cost fallacy is one of the primary reasons you are so afraid to quit anything. It occurs when you tell yourself that you can’t quit because of all the time or money you have ...

Overcome the fear of quitting

Sunk cost is about the past. Opportunity cost is about the future.

If you are scared to quit (which is absolutely natural), always think of the opportunity cost. Think of the brighter future, not the scary past, and often times that is enough to give you that extra push to make the right decision.

Long-term cost outweighs short-term benefits

When you finally succeed, but you don’t have the health or someone to share the success with, the project might prove not be be worth it. 

Take 5 minutes at the end of the week and reflect on what you have achieved versus what you had to give up to achieve it so you don’t end up giving up too much without even realizing it.  Make this a habit

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