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Absolutely No News Is The Best News
Should you be avoiding the news?
I’ve been preaching this month about how mothers should read more news, and talk about the news, and how being a parent has changed my reading habits, but when I googled the term news earlier I found an article from The Guardian that contradicts all that I’ve been saying.
According to them news is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier.
News is bad for your health. It leads to fear and aggression, and hinders your creativity and ability to think deeply. The solution? Stop consuming it altogether.
You are what you read.
As with food, so it is with the news. You are what you read or more specifically, you are how you react to what you read. I do try to pay attention to current affairs and there is a part of me that feels fear for a moment when I hear a scary story like a plane being shot out of the sky or an illness that is making kids sick, but I try not to be like my grandmother.
Grandma Jeanne used to call to check on us when she heard it was raining in our area on CNN (ok, well maybe not that extreme, but you get the idea). First and foremost when you read or watch or hear something is to use common sense. Half of what news outlets are trying to get you to do is stay tuned for more. “If it bleeds it leads” isn’t just a joking term you hear in the movies. It’s a real effort that they make to get you to keep watching!
Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder.
Most days I try to avoid watching CNN. Strangely when I worked in Advertising just out of college we were trying to woo CNN to take our business, but then 911 happened and CNN really didn’t need any advertising efforts since the whole world was watching it’s coverage of the World Trade Center and DC attacks.
Now as a mom I avoid CNN because CNN repeats itself a lot! Any breaking news story seems to be on about a 15 minute rotation and usually hey have nothing new to say. Sorry CNN, but I’m about a 15 minute watcher of your broadcasts.
Secondly, CNN doesn’t seem to have many stories that would make me want to tune in on a day to day basis. They are great for hearing about world events, about the stock market, and about other major events happening in the United States, but really, their broadcasts lack entertainment value, which is important to me.
The local news Good Day Sacramento or on a national level Good Morning America are geared towards stay at home moms. After dropping the kids off at school or while packing up for a day at the park, a mom like me can get a synopsis of the major events of the day during the daily family-oriented segments that they run. They know that their viewers want to see stories about education, products that have to do with families or kids, and they know that the “if it bleeds it leads” attitude will get most moms to change the channel.
So the question of the day remains: Are there any news outlets you avoid?