All my life I've been a news junky. I was in the biz. I never watched much TV news, but I was a newspaper hound. I still subscribe to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Journal News (my local Gannett paper) and I get highlights from several other publications, including the London Times.
But at this point, those subscriptions are as wasted as a hastily purchased gym membership. It's not the fault of journalists. A great deal of quality work being done. It's the emotional damage from absorbing the content. News should come with a warning label: "Consuming this product may be harmful to your mental health."
This is no joke. Numerous studies have made the link between news consumption and anxiety and depression.
My news aggitation wasn't doing much for my marriage either. For the last year plus, I thought I was scanning the headlines silently. But evidently, I was constantly spewing, "Oh my God!" and "UNBELIEVABLE" and "Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse..." in a loud voice until my husband asked me to kindly keep my commentary to myself.
My husband actually reduced his news diet before I did. And yesterday, I had lunch with two of my best friends - super-smart, informed women - and they, too, also have cut way back on reading/watching and listening to the news.
I feel like a bad citizen - democracy runs on an informed citizenry. But right now, I just can't....