With all the bs that’s happening in the world and the ubiquity of sharing the news on social media, I’ve noticed that quite a few friends have started to ‘quit’ the news, whether for their mental health or other reasons.
Can’t help but feel like, while it’s tempting, it’s an incredibly privileged thing to do if you’re not being really badly mentally affected by it? I’m absolutely bored to fucking tears by Brexit. I literally do not give a shit any more. But how selfish is it to not give a shit when there are people who might lose residency rights, lose their jobs, etc?
…But then, how useful is it really to be hanging on every twist and turn in Brexit negotiations or Trump updates? Is it really benefiting most people to stay super informed? I doubt most people who angrily share articles or sign petitions are really engaging in actual activism. But most of the people I know who were already doing this “the news is upsetting and frustrating” thing are women and I imagine that feeds into the underrepresentation of women in news, politics. Don’t really know what point in trying to make there tbh, but it’s an observation.
Obviously it’s more nuanced than all or nothing but what do you think about doing this? Sorry, I was probably gonna write more but I desperately need a wee.