About 6 months ago I decided to stop reading the news. Up to that point I had been a frequent visitor to the BBC website and it had become a significant part of my morning routine.
I made the decision to stop because having to read one-sided articles, about horrendous things I could do nothing about, was stressing me out A LOT.
This post is to report that I don’t seem to have missed anything major. I still know who the Prime Minister is (unfortunately) and I am still hearing about celebrity deaths (for some reason…)
I think some people may be surprised about that because I don’t have any social media. I don’t get facebook updates and I am not being randomly notified about what other people think is important.
What I have got are some very carefully chosen blogs to read and the space to form my own opinions.
I have seen a lot of articles about taking tech-breaks, turning off notifications and deleting social media apps…usually only for a few minutes, hours or days at a time. I think this is because people really believe the hype. Yes, they can avoid the headlines and clickbait for a little while, but they do not believe they could actually function without it forever.
I want to function without it forever.
I am a firm believer in the notion that looking at the Big Picture can change your perspective for the better. Would it really matter that much if I DID miss something major? I am a lot less stressed, I have avoided many, many, many celebrity dramas (I imagine) and the world still rolls on.
I declare this experiment a success.