Five Things You Notice When You Quit 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.
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Is our tendency to overestimate the odds of our own success compared to other people's.
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According to psychiatrist M.Katherine Shear, many people feel bogged down by the news. 22% of subjects in a 2015 study experienced symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder after viewing violent images on social media.
We need to view the news, but then also learn to set it aside. Try to find your own dose with emotionally charged news.
People regularly share stories based only on headlines. Five or six words are not enough to tell the entire story.
Researchers found that 59 % of shared news links had never been clicked through and read. When you do share a link, try and share a piece of the content from the article, so people understand why you are reacting to it.