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5 Things I Learned by Going on a News Diet

Updated on February 26, 2012

By LESLIE A. PANFIL

I used to wake up with a cup (ok a pot) of coffee and a dose of CNN. Then, I decided to go on a news diet. For 2 weeks I didn’t listen to the news. Not in my car, my living room or on my laptop. Here is what I learned:

1. The world goes on if I know about it or not.

2. I am just as accurate as the weather man just by stepping out my front door.

3. People, in general, are not as dangerous as the news would lead you to believe.

4. Politicians were fighting about the same things before my news diet as they were after I returned to the land of the overly informed.

5. My day is a little brighter without footage of bombings and celebrity mug shots.

As a writer for a local newspaper, I never made a clean break from news all together. I’m back to listening to a little political debate in my car and I occasionally click on a news story online. But, I have managed to break the habit of starting my day with a shot of mayhem.

I get caught in an unexpected rain storm now and again and I don’t know who was just released from rehab. And while I may be a little less informed, I’m slightly more optimistic about mankind.




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      sam3m 

      7 years ago from New York

      right now my ife and i do about 6 hours of news per day. too much. get chest pains once in a while, but mostly unhappy with the news' objective to entertain.

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      TIna Grant 

      7 years ago

      Leslie, I so agree with you! There is a fine line between being informed and being too dependent on knowing what other people are saying/doing/telling you to do/not to do, etc! I prefer to know enough to know enough, and that's enough!

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