Avoid the mass media -30 Days Change Your Habits, Change Your Life
“A democratic civilization will save itself only if it makes the language of the image into a stimulus for critical reflection — not an invitation for hypnosis.” Umberto Eco “The news is glorified gossip.”
Mokokoma Mokhoana You want to make fast progress, don’t you? Here is one tip that will set free a lot of energy and time! How many hours do you spend in front of the “box” every day? The average American spends 4 to 5 hours a day in front of the TV, and same goes for Europeans. That’s between 28 and 35 hours a week! Boom! That’s a lot of time you can gain right there! Apart from gaining time there is an even more beneficial side effect! TV is one of the biggest energy drainers, if not the number one! Do you ever feel renewed or reenergized after watching TV? Stop watching the news, or better still turn off your television! Why would you expose yourself to so much negativity? Don’t expose yourself to too much of the garbage that out there is on TV. Substitute your habit of watching TV for a healthier habit like taking a walk, spending more time with your family, or reading a good book.
I stopped watching the news many years ago when I became aware that while on the train to work I got upset over things heard and seen on the morning news and I thought to myself, “I can’t go to my stressful workplace being already stressed, simply because of what politician A said or banker B did or because there is a war in C. Just one week after stopping watching the news I felt a lot better! Don’t believe me? Just try it for yourself! Don’t watch the news for a week and see how you feel.
I’m not telling you to become ignorant – even though here in Spain they say “the ignorant is the happiest person in the village”. You can still read the newspapers. I would recommend the headlines only. You will still be up to date with the important stuff, because your family, friends, and colleagues will keep you updated. Just choose and be selective how much garbage you expose your mind to. If you need more reasons to stop watching television read one of the great books that are out there about how the media manipulates us and how nearly everything is fake! Control the information that you are exposed to. Make sure it adds to your life. Instead of watching trash TV, watch a documentary or a comedy. Instead of listening to the news in your car listen to an audio-book or motivational CDs.