I rarely watch broadcast news. I intentionally do not watch the news – local or national. I have not always avoided the news. I tend to go through phases where I watch and want to watch. I want to know what is happening in my community and the world.
I quickly burn out.
I have found that as I consume news I want to consume more. And more. And more. I can feel my world view changing. Usually in not very positive ways. Eventually I get burned out and completely tune out.
In spending hours watching the news over the past weeks I am reminded of why I do not watch. The news provokes a lot of anxiety for me. The stories are loud, old “news” is brought back up, anyone can become a scapegoat or blamed, warnings are issued, and everything is very intense. The anchors tones change and they encourage their guests and experts to jump on their bandwagon. At times they seem to get frustrated when those guests do not.
With my intentional avoidance broadcast news I do at times find out that I am not as up to date as I think I should be. I had no idea that clowns were sweeping the nation coming for our children. I knew about Hurricane Matthew, I try to check in on the weather every few days. The political climate makes me sad – I have gotten to the point where I am trying to avoid print stories in addition to broadcast. I do think that it is important to be well informed about the happenings of the world. I think there are better ways to get than information than cable news.