It’s been a while. Quite a lot has happened in the last few weeks; too much for one post. I’m sure I’ll revisit it sometime in the near future but for now I’m musing upon less tangible things.
Namely, is exposure to the news making me feel depressed?
This thought has occurred to me before. Since giving up on social media over two years ago, I spent most of my idle browsing time (e.g. baby feeding/sleeping time) reading the news. During this period I have become much more interested in current affairs, but I have also read some things that are so horrific that I’m not sure that I will ever be able to scrub their stain from my consciousness. I can never un-know them. And that is pretty unbearable at times, when you have a brain like mine that likes to bombard you with the worst things you can imagine when you’re feeling down.
With that in mind, why do we even watch or read the news anyway? For a sense of self-betterment? Intellectual curiosity? Most of the time it serves no purpose in terms of daily life, so it’s probably just entertainment then? If it is for entertainment then, they should really provide better guidance about the content. I mean, no one really wants to be idly scrolling a news site and find they are triggered when reading about the utter depravity of the human condition. That goes for any sites presumably.
So yeah, I’ve given up on news for now. I haven’t read, watched or listened to the news for several days and I’m feeling better already. Instead of reading the news I am reading online comics. Instead of thinking about politics I am focusing on me. Instead of ranting about Westminster I am having meaningful and positive conversations with my partner.
I’m sure I will read the news again in the foreseeable future, but for now at least, ignorance is a definite improvement.