Why I don’t watch the news.

SAM_5148People sometimes wonder why I don’t watch the news.  I’ll be talking to one of my friends and they’ll tell me something like “Did you hear about what happened to that family in Texas?” and my answer is no.  I don’t watch cable TV and I don’t watch the news.  The only reason why we have cable in this apartment is because the bundle package was cheaper than ordering the internet package alone. I don’t watch TV because I don’t like commercials. I don’t like being shown things that I don’t really need that I could possibly want.  I see enough of that on the internet.  I don’t need it blasting in my face while I’m watching a movie or tv show (that’s why I love Netflix so much).

I don’t watch the news because 99.9% of the time the “information” covered on there does not relate to me or affect me or my family and friends directly.  Think about it, when was the last time you’ve seen some horrible news coverage that actually affected you other than your reaction/emotion from images presented to you?  The only time news information has affected me directly has been the weather reports and even those aren’t accurate. Seriously, with all the technology available today they can’t get the weather right? I once considered being a meteorologist because they never get in trouble whenever they’re wrong.

“But Sharon, you have to stay informed in what’s going on in the world?”  Excuse me? Why? The only thing that the news seems to do is provoke people to be angry or worse to make people feel scared.  Sorry, I’m not interested in that.  People may think I’m delusional for thinking that humans are MEANT to be happy and love one another.  Tragedies in life will happen and I will deal with those things as they come – I don’t need to shoulder the “world’s” problems too.  Why want to learn about unfortunate events when there is nothing you can do about it?  If you want to make a difference in this world you will not do it by watching the news.  You can volunteer.  Join the Peace Corps.  Volunteer for the Red Cross.  Make a difference by volunteering to a local charity.

Sometimes I think people watch the news just so they can have something to talk about when the conversation comes up at work or social gathering.  Want something to talk about?  How about talk about the things we are thankful for? How about express to one another how important they are to us?  Yesterday, I talked about how I went for a walk in the morning.  Well, on that walk cross paths with an older lady, I smiled and said good morning and she pulled her dog closer to her and walked faster without saying a word to me.  For real?!  Seriously lady, do you think this 4’11” Filipino girl is going to attack you or something, despite the fact that you have a golden retriever mix?  I feel like as a society we are so far apart from each other and although we talk we’re not saying much to enhance each others’ lives.  Nothing will change unless we look at ourselves first.  As Mahatma Ghandi once said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

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4 thoughts on “Why I don’t watch the news.

  1. I do not watch news as well, but my parents in india watch news all the time, and they know some bad news about NY and they ring me up, to make sure I am fine. That is how news get to the other side of the globe the fastest.
    Nicely put. enjoyed reading.

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  2. I used to watch the news all the time however I found that most of the time it’s either a slow news day and there is nothing worth hearing about or if there is something it’s always bad news nowadays so I would rather not bother and check if I am curious about what is going on in the world. When we had cable TV I used to watch Sky News a lot and I really thought when we got rid of it I would miss it but I don’t, anything important usually shows up on forums or Facebook so I hear about it and then if I really want to know more I can go to a news website or go online and watch it live but it’s very rare now that there is ever anything in the news that I show a strong interest in.

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  3. I used to watch the “local” news. It wasn’t that Local. It would show news about literally every area in Alabama except for the area that I was in. I then started watching the world news, around the time I did there were alot of things on TV about the plane crashes that were going on. That interested me alot, but every news station that I would watch would say something different and it started confusing me. I think there should only be one or two news stations. I believe they should all work together in telling the truth and the FULL stories on certain things too. It seems like most of the news now is lies and secrets and mostly stuff that I don’t care to hear about. Your whole article was completely right on everything you mentioned and I enjoyed reading it. 🙂

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  4. I always watch the news as it is important to know what is happening around the world and to know if anything is going to or has affected you. I get why some people don’t like to watch the news as it can be depressing and the amount of commercials in between shows is just plain annoying to be honest. I don’t think I’ve seen one positive thing in the news recently which is just horrible

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