Since 2010

News is bad for you

I’m currently reading “How to Make the World Add Up” by Tim Harford, which references an article titled “News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier” by Rolf Dobelli. This quote is from that Guardian article:

News items are bubbles popping on the surface of a deeper world. Will accumulating facts help you understand the world? Sadly, no. The relationship is inverted. The important stories are non-stories: slow, powerful movements that develop below journalists’ radar but have a transforming effect. The more “news factoids” you digest, the less of the big picture you will understand.

Here in late 2020 the stories and advice this one contains are more relevant than ever.