Seems obvious, right?
During the pandemic, I have been trying to moderate what I read. I have found myself sucked into the same cycle: NY Times, Politico and then Twitter. and I don’t really read NAU of these sites — I just skim the headlines.
I don’t learn much. But I certainly react emotionally. It’s like a drug, the scary headlines are a dopamine hit.
As I contemplated this state, I remembered a Ryan Holiday article: Why Everyone Should Watch Less News.
The practice goes like this:
Watch less news (duh)
Be selective about the news you read
That’s it. I think that second part is tricky. Because I could very easily check NY Times and Politico and Twitter less. But this may be worse than actually reading the articles on these sites.
So I have renewed my subscription to The Economist. I like to receive the print edition. It’s a slightly center-right publication that covers US and international events. I dig it.