Is the news bad for our heath and well-being? And should we – can we – give it up?
I’ve been consuming the news on a daily basis since the days of Watergate, but it has never made me feel wiser or more confident of my place in the world. The news of today’s bombing at the Boston Marathon made me feel physically anxious. Still, I feel a duty to my fellow humans on some tribal level to stay connected consciously with the bad stuff that’s happening. Is it possible to sever that connection without feeling stupid or guilty?
The Guardian says: “News is bad for your health. It leads to fear and aggression, and hinders your creativity and ability to think deeply. The solution? Stop consuming it altogether.”
News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier »
Anxiety definitely impedes on creativity but it is necessary to be aware of the suffering of others. Humans have this huge capacity to empathize and I would hope that someone would be thinking of me if I were in that situation. Creativity helps us to deal with our feelings, too – remember the drawings the children made at Auschwitz? Of all things, to draw.