News Fatigue: How to Combat It While Staying Informed

Abandoning the news entirely can be dangerous since you then wouldn’t be properly informed of current events; however, taking breaks as and when needed is crucial to maintaining a healthy state of mind

News is an essential part of our lives. We can find out who is the president of a particular country or your favorite celebrity's diet with just one search that takes less than a second. However, that does not mean that you will always have access to only positive results; you may find loads of negative comments about the topic that you were curious about, which can cause "news fatigue."

But what is news fatigue? Let's pretend that you appreciate a good cup of coffee, so every day when you wake up, you get ready and head to the coffee shop near to your house. You ask the barista for a simple cup of coffee and - as usual - you approve of the taste of it, so you keep going there. However, one day you enter the coffee shop and order your regular coffee, you try it, and it does not taste good, but you think that this is just a calamity and it will be better the next day. So the next day, you go there, and the coffee does not taste good again. Thus, you make a decision: you will go to another coffee shop. Therefore, the next day, you wake up, get ready, and head to another coffee shop and order. Still, the coffee there tastes as bad as the other. Consequently, you keep going to other coffee shops, and in all of them, your order tastes terrible. Hence, you make a new decision: you will quit drinking coffee altogether since none of the coffee that you tried tastes good. 

In reality, these coffee shops are the media, the coffee is the news delivered, and the taste of the coffee is how you feel about the news. Therefore, "news fatigue" is the scenario in which you get tired of the negativity introduced by the news that you are consuming and decide not to inform yourself anymore. 

Nevertheless, as mentioned before, stressing about the news itself as well as the accuracy of the news source can make some people tired of trying to educate themselves. Hence, knowledge is the most important thing that people can have, so they should never give up on this journey. Of course, sometimes, it can be very tempting to quit getting informed through the news, but this is not the best way to handle it. When reading a piece of news about an event that happened, try to read it from the original source since it tends to just tell the facts without adding a negative tone. Read from different perspectives to ensure an understanding of a variety of viewpoints. Abandoning the news entirely can be dangerous since you then wouldn’t be properly informed of current events; however, taking breaks as and when needed is crucial to maintaining a healthy state of mind. 

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