I would consider myself a news junkie and spent about five hours a day consuming some sort of news media. So when I read this article it definitely spoke to me. I thought that the majority of the points it made were interesting and I vowed to give up watching the news for a month. So now, approximately a month later, I am here to give my testimony.
TimeI've found that I have a lot more time in my day to accomplish the things that are important to me (my writing). This really goes without saying but until I read this article I wasn't really aware of how much time I spent watching the news.
AttitudeI am much more happy and motivated to write now than I was last month. The majority of what we see on the news is negative and makes us want to scream and yell and then sometimes just give up all together. Normally when I'm watching a news program I find myself cursing at a science hating Republican or yelling at a hypocritical Democrat and my blood pressure goes through the roof. Now I find myself to be much more calm and less obsessed with politics than I previously was.
I actually feel better informed than I did a month ago and I will explain why. I don't think that we really think about how much useless information we ingest when watching a news broadcast. We are subjected to poorly worded diatribes and interviews with morons. In an hour long news program we only get a few short minutes of hard-hitting honest journalism. Instead it's watered-down garbage. Now I might not be as up to date on the latest filibuster but I know a lot more about the political landscape than I did before.
Now that I'm no longer consuming watered-down cable news I have more time to consume some of the real journalism that is out there. I read more primary sources and trusted news magazines. I look at investigative journalism stories and read a few online sources. I find that I understand, and am in tune with, deeper and more important topics than I was when watching the news.