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.”