So it’s been about a month since i stopped watching and reading the news. I deleted my personal twitter, disabled the news notifications on my phone and went out of my way to avoid listening and talking about the news. Why might you ask? Well in short Coronavirus.
I decided that watching the news all day and reading the news all day was causing me to get unnecessarily anxious. Why? Well if people only talk about death and what others are doing you are no doubt going to get yourself worried and in a bit of a situation where you are glued to your screen. I found that i was becoming increasingly more angry at the world and the people not following lock down rules. It was causing me to watch the news more and be more angry if i saw online someone was perhaps not following the news to the absolute t.
Of course there was the worry i’d miss something big but i realised i follow so many people on all sorts of platforms that if things really changed i’d see a news link on someones profile being shared and click on it. This is what i have been doing to educate myself on the virus and the new lock down guidelines as they change but to also not find myself watching that god awful press conference everyday where i want to pull my own hair out at the lack of leadership and confidence i have in the people running this country…
I have found since i have been avoiding the news that i am a lot more happier in ways, I don’t see as many sad stories. I don’t read about all the horrific crimes and incidents happening. I just read what i want to and that is less than a article a week and only if i have seen it a few times. The only press releases i’m excited for now is a local takeaway opening up again and i see that on pages i choose to follow. I have also noticed a abundance of trolls. It’s nice not looking at the news online and seeing horrid keyboard warriors pulling apart each other from the comfort of their sofas while they dunk their hobnobs in their teas and go about their day as normal. The amount of negativity i have cut out of my life from this change is amazing .
If i can recommend one thing to anyone it is that you try to remove as much of the news from your life as you can. Unfollow news pages such as your local news. Turn of notifications and listen to the radio instead of the morning news or programmes that talk about the news such as good morning Britain. Check once a day and then try cut it more. Read the news that you’ve seen a few times shared by peers as this means it may be important but other then that try to avoid it. If you feel you need to watch the news there are plenty of happy news channels out there too so get your fill of cute puppy instead!
Stay home, stay safe and as always i am here if you need me. Charlie x
Following the very recent spades of deaths of celebrities due to suicide from the news i have really come to notice just how toxic the news can be. They take joy from causing and reporting on others sorrows. They go beyond what is acceptable in taking every last bit of privacy from someone and pulling everything about them and their character apart. The worst thing is what are people achieving reading these articles? A closer look into someones private life? To pass unsolicited judgement? To knowingly cause pain and humiliation? There really is nothing to gain from glorified gossip.
The worst thing recently has been noticing just horrid strangers can be because they are hiding behind a computer screen. The blame doesn’t all lie with the tabloid/press but the public. When they publish articles on social media there is ALWAYS a comment section. The comment section is a disgusting place where people become vile horrible people because they are saying things from behind a screen or even on a fake profile. You can really see how horrible the world is when these comments are littered with judgement, racism, sexism and everything else vile that the world runs on.
Take the Meghan Markle situation for example. A woman (already rich and famous) fell in love with a prince like a true fairy tale. She gave up everything which made her who she was to marry him. She devoted her love and kindness to the country and in response was treated like dirt. Why? Nobody really knows. Whereas Kate, also a commoner is praised like a god. The press have ripped every single little shred of detail about her life and aired it for everyone to see. They have changed public opinion on her and have allowed repeated hate speech and influenced peoples opinions. They have aired and given time to her family to humiliate and deeply hurt her when she herself made the decision to cut them of due to their toxicity. This has allowed the public to know her dark secrets, to form a opinion she is this cold person when she is such a giving woman who devotes time and HER own money and time to charity. The way the press has hounded her has caused her to leave the country. But even this is not enough as this morning i saw the press and public ripping her apart for wearing a eco friendly coat because it was expensive.Again nobodies business but their own.
I feel the press can be a brilliant thing it can update you on the news and controlled happy stories can really be a nice read. However recently its just became a place for trolls to gather and spread their hate. So for now i will be taking a break from reading the news because other peoples business is not my own. I don’t want to judge others lives or get upset with other peoples opinions on others. I have noticed since i haven’t had news on my timeline i am no longer concerned with other peoples dramas and just only aware of what is going on with people i want to know and their happy news instead of the darkness of the web. Always think before you like, retweet and comment. Spread kindness not hate.