We have to stay informed, I get it. But don’t be like that moron who’s watching the news or newsfeeds online all the time. It doesn’t do you any good. If you’re the “channel surfer” kind or the one with thousands of sources to their Feedly account, I strongly recommend now is a great time to declutter. Pick a few reliable sources and consume them during a set time of the day. That’s it.
The news isn’t doing you any good but cut into a chunk of time that could be used to work, spend quality time with family, and reflection. And you definitely need the latter if you’re a news junkie.
Listen, I’m not against consuming news. I personally consume a lot less (NextDraft, the Skimm, and the Economist) and that’s deliberate. Heck, I didn’t upgrade my Feedly subscription early this year because it’s just got like half a dozen blogs and that’s it. There’s so much great stuff to read as it is (books, not news) and I can’t be wasting time reading useless stuff that only clutters my mind instead of enriching them.
And don’t give me that BS about “being concerned about the world.” If you are, I urge you to contact a government agency and volunteer to support your local health organisations during this crisis. If you’re shaking your head, stop this idiocy and make the most of the time you have at hand.