”The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” – Thomas Jefferson
Early in 2012 I made the decision to stop consuming news. It’s without doubt one of the better decisions for my productivity and hopefully you’ll be inspired to accept the challenge and do something similar. Avoid news for a week or a month and see what kind of result you’re getting.
I promise you – the world will continue without us.
News is trivial
”Trivial things become big distractions. Serious issues become sound bites.” – Barack Obama
In Sweden, media has spent countless of days discussing if it’s a good idea to use hen instead of he or she when we don’t know the gender.
Combine it with news about a car accident on the other side of the world or a ordinary theft from someone 1 572 km from you.
Will this knowledge make your life better?
News is wrong
”I need to be very careful about going on certain networks that seem to have a bias.” – Ron Paul
There are three major concerns here.
First and foremost we have people who draw the wrong conclusions. It might be that their source isn’t good enough or that they just don’t know much about the subject. This is often common in industry news.
The other concern is yellow journalism. You can twist and turn everything into a desired outcome if you only share some of the information. In a lot of news stories you have two sides. By taking side and turning one person into a victim to make better headlines you’re no longer objective.
Then there’s the problem with being biased due to political beliefs.
News is negative
“The news media are, for the most part, the bringers of bad news… and it’s not entirely the media’s fault, bad news gets higher ratings and sells more papers than good news.” – Peter McWilliams
This is probably the main reason to why I decided to stop consuming news. Whenever I read about how the government waste their citizens money I get upset. The same goes for biased political comments which I know are false.
News like this made me negative. I can’t influence government spending so to dwell on it makes no sense. The only solution was to distance myself from the news and spend my time doing something productive.
News is a waste of time
”If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.” – Bruce Lee
Every minute you spend reading trivial news and dwelling on things you can’t change you’re wasting time. You could go to the gym, start a business, find healthy recipes, write a book, meet new people, and so on.
My main point
To sum it up. We waste time listening to biased news on events we can’t do anything about while becoming negative and unproductive. – Tweetable.
Sure, it’s a good idea to be somewhat up to date when the world goes under but don’t you think you’ll hear something about it? Maybe from a taxi driver, coworker, favorite blogger or the front page from every newspaper at checkouts in your local supermarket. If the event is big enough, it will reach you.
Accept the challenge – go a month without news and see the transformation.