Reading news leads to fear and aggression, impedes the realization of creativity and deprives the ability to think deeply. News is the same as sugar for the body. They are easily digested. The media feeds us with small pieces of trivial facts that, in fact, do not concern us and do not deserve attention. That’s why we never experience satiety. Unlike reading books and long journal articles (which you have to reflect on), we can swallow a huge amount of empty news.
Harm from bad news
Of the 10,000 stories that you must have read in the last 12 months, name one that allowed you to make the best decision in a serious matter that affects your life, your career, or your business. The consumption of news is not relevant to you. In fact, consumption of news is a competitive disadvantage. The less you consume news, the more advantages you have.
News can be toxic to your body
They constantly act on the limbic system. Panic histories stimulate the formation of glucocorticoids (cortisol). This messes up your immune system. Your body is in a state of chronic stress. Other possible side effects include fear, aggression and loss of sensitivity.
News increases the number of cognitive issues
The news stream is the father of all cognitive issues: a thirst for confirmation. We become excessively self-confident, foolishly take risks and underestimate opportunities. Our brain craves stories that “make sense”, even if they do not correspond to reality. Any journalist who writes that “the market exists thanks to X” or “the company went bankrupt because of Y” is an idiot. We are fed up with this cheap way of “explaining” the world.
News can suppress your thinking ability
Thinking requires concentration. Concentration requires continuous time. The news is specially designed to interrupt you. They are like viruses that steal your attention for their own purposes. News seriously affects your memory. Since the news breaks the concentration, they weaken your understanding.
News works as a drug
Having learned about any incident, we want to know how it will end. Remembering hundreds of news stories, we are less able to control this aspiration. Nerve cells regularly break old ties and form new ones. The more news we consume, the more we train neural circuits responsible for superficial familiarization and fulfillment of multiple tasks, ignoring those that are responsible for reading and focused thinking. Most news consumers – even if they were previously avid readers of books – have lost the ability to read large articles or books. After four or five pages they get tired, the concentration disappears, there is an anxiety. This is not because they are older or have a lot to do. Just the physical structure of the brain has changed.
News makes you passive
The vast majority of news tells about things that you can not influence. The daily repetition of things like we are powerless makes us passive. They grind us until we accept a pessimistic, unfeeling, sarcastic and fatalistic outlook. There is a term for this phenomenon – “learned helplessness.”
News kills creativity
Finally, what we already know limits our creativity. This is one of the reasons why mathematicians, writers, composers and entrepreneurs often produce their best creative work in their youth. Their brains enjoy a wide, uninhabited space that enables them to come up with and implement new ideas. I do not know any genuinely creative person with a predilection for news – neither a writer, nor a composer, a mathematician, a doctor, a scientist, a musician, a designer, an architect or an artist. On the other hand, I know a bunch of vicious, uncreative people who consume news like drugs.
If you want to use old solutions, read the news. If you are looking for new solutions, you should not do this.