STOP Watching TV and News: It’s Making You Depressed

Recently, I posted an article on my Facebook wall, which showed images of human-made climate disasters.

The article showed several shocking images taken across the world. It excruciatingly depicted them by showing how people, animals, and our planet suffer because of the man made activities.

I Should Not Have Posted Negative News

I apologize for posting this article. Only later, did I realize that this article opposes the principles of this blog.

To clarify, I don’t necessarily oppose watching news, as occasionally we see something important. However, before we get to the point of finding something relevant, we need to go through a lot of irrelevant information.

Instead, this blog is all about removing the negative bias from the world created by our current society and marketing. The article in question, on the other hand, did the opposite.

Initially, I wanted to remove the article altogether from the blog. Instead, later, I decided to use it as a case study:

Stop watching TV News

1 – The problem with overdoing

One of the main reasons this blog opposes hostile media is because there is already too much unnecessary negativity in the world. Turn your TV on right now, read a newspaper, or visit an online news channel and you are almost guaranteed to find a negative piece of news.

This may lead you to believe that the world if screwed and we are slowly going towards an unavoidable endgame doom scenario. We are, but we constant reminders of every little problem that happen in the world will not help up, at least to our psyche.

2 – Most Popular News Are Negative

Again and again, I hear people telling me that they want to be informed about what is going on in the world today. They, therefore, go to traditional media (TV, radio, newspaper, and Internet) to get this information because traditional media brings global news.

The problem with this media is that while the news is global, they are selected for their emotional shock level. Companies are incentivised to show negative news because they sell. The more they can shock people, the more they will get in the first page. 

Stop watching TV News

3 – Watching News Is Opposite To Learning

Unfortunately, emotionally shocking images are rarely informative. We don’t learn much from watching the news. It is well documented that, more often than not, we are doing the opposite.

For example, TV is reported to reduce our brains’ functionality, meaning that we are becoming less smart by watching TV.

Additionally, negative messages are threatening our health. Our brains don’t understand the difference between jokes and commands. For them, it is all the same. Therefore, if we are to watch negative messages continuously, our brains will take negative suggestions to become negative. The problem with that is that negative emotions lower our life expectancy by up to 10 years. When was the last time-continuous jealousy, anger, or pessimism brought anyone positive results?

4 – We Should Be Selective About What Info We Should Consume

Even better than to look at your social media timeline, news, and TV it is to look for specialised knowledge, like books, documentaries, and other sources of “smart information”.

Chose whats relevant for you and learn from these specialised knowledge sources. You will be better of, trust me.

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Roman Russo: Author of Optimal Happiness

Roman Russo wasn't always happy and struggled with his own negative emotions, anxieties, and depression, until one day he pledged to resolve this part of life, whatever it took. The journey took 6 years, but it was worth it. Today, Roman considers himself to be one of the happiest people alive, part of the 1% of the happiest elite, and he now teaches others a working and universal happiness formula to reach a similar goal. He offers his best advice on Optimal Happiness social media, newsletter, blog, and books, and teaches a complete and unconditional happiness formula in his online courses.

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