Careful, you’re sounding a bit Brietbart/Infowars
Recently I’ve been attempting to cut down on my news consumption. I feel a tension between feeling the need to be well informed and keep up with what’s going on, and the fact that it’s basically spending a lot of time making myself feel depressed by reading the same news stories again and again about terrible things happening all around the world.
My attempt is going okish so far. Basically, I removed most of the time wasting apps from my phone, removed Firefox (with BBC news) from my homescreen and replaced it with Blinkist* and signed up for a news summary email.
This is mostly working, in that I use Blinkist etc… before I go to BBC in the morning, and then just read that if I have any time remaining during my commute.
*not necessarily an endorsement, though it seems ok. Replacing with anything more positive useful would be good.
I’m only on the free plan which means I get one free book summary a day, but can’t choose what it is. It was pretty great at first as a number of books that I wanted to read came up. The only real issue is that when you boil lots of Career/Advice/Self-help /Productivity books down to their basics, they all tend to be a bit samey… so it’s getting a bit less compelling.
It does occasionally throw up interesting curveballs that I wouldn’t have read though, like a history of Islam. It says I’ve read 45 ‘books’ since I installed it a few months ago.