It could be said that it is easier than ever before for people to stay up to date with what is taking place in the world. This is partly because they no longer need to go and buy a paper or to turn on a TV, for instance.
As long as they have a Smartphone or something similar, everything they need is going to be right at their finger tips. This is going to save them a lot of time and energy, and they won’t need to miss out of what is going on around them.
One could go onto different websites, or they could simply go onto a social media site. When it comes to the latter, one could have news that shows up on their News Feed.
There is then going to be no reason for them to browse the web; they can simply look through their Wall. What this comes down to is that if one ‘likes’ a page, they won’t need to visit the page to stay up to date with what has been taking place.
But even if they had to look through a page they have ‘liked’, it is going to be easier than if they were to browse the web. However, the downside to this is that one can end up only hearing about certain things.
The Echo Chamber
For example, if one only ‘likes’ news sources that lean to the left, they are likely to miss out on the news sources that lean to the right. There is then going to be no reason for them to question what they read.
It is going to validate their outlook, and that can then be the only thing that matters. Yet, if they were to see another point of view, they might be able to see that what they are being told is not the truth.
Nevertheless, if one is only interested in being exposed to information that validates what they believe, this is going to be irrelevant. Their mind is going to be closed, and so they won’t need to question what they are being told.
As a result of this, social media is going to allow them to fulfil this need, and they need to worry about seeing anything else. Or, if they do, it could be due to what their ‘friends’ share.
But with that aside, one could fund that there are drawbacks to being so connected to what is taking place. Regardless of whether it is due to a page they have ‘liked’ or what some else has shared; they could feel as though they need a break from it all from time to time.
On one hand, they could feel as though they are informed about the world, and on the other hand, they could feel as though it is not good for their health. It is then going to be similar to how someone can exercise a few times a week, or they can end up doing too much and causing themselves harm.
The Right Amount
There could be times when it will be better for them to limit the amount of news that they are exposed to. This could be a sign that they are going through a challenging time, and it will then be necessary for them to take a step back from it all.
They could do this by ‘unliking’ certain pages for a short time, and if they have the inclination to watch the news on TV, they could also cut down on this. Ultimately, it will be important for them to listen to themselves.
A Negative Influence
Yet even if one is not going through a challenging time, they could still benefit from limiting their exposure to the news. What this comes down to is that most of what the media shares is designed to get a reaction out of people.
And this generally takes place by focusing in events that are negative, or events that are likely to trigger a strong reaction. The people behind this source of information understand that human beings are more likely to focus on stories that are negative than those that are positive.
Therefore, if they were to spend more time focusing on what is going well in the world, there is a strong chance that their ratings would decline. At the end of the day, they want people to focus on what they are selling, and this is not going to happen if they were to change their approach.
In this case, even if someone was to complain about how much negativity there is in the news, it doesn’t mean that they would spend as much time consuming the news is this was to change. It could then be said that when one is aware of this, it can allow them to protect themselves better.
Along with how one might need to take a step back from it from time to time, they may also find that they need to limit how much they are exposed to. Through spending so much time taking in the news, it could have a big effect on their well-being.
One could find that while the people around then can watch the news, for instance, and then carry on with their life; it is not possible for them to do so. For days after, they could feel depressed or they could be overcome with anxiety.
Highly Sensitive Person
What this can show is that one doesn’t respond to life in the same way as the average person. As a result of how sensitive they are, it is going to be essential for them to limit their exposure to the news.
If they don’t do this, they will be giving their power away to things that they generally have no control over. Their mental and emotional health will suffer, and this could go onto effect their physical health.
When one is sensitive and they are aware of this, it will enable them to take care of their needs; but when one is not aware of this, it will set them up to suffer unnecessarily. This is why the more one understands themselves; the easier it will be for them to thrive.
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Oliver JR Cooper
Oliver JR Cooper
Author of 26 books, Transformational Writer, Teacher & Consultant.
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That which is contained within these articles is based on my own empirical understanding and is true for me at the time they were written. However, as I continue to grow, what I perceive as the truth will inevitably change and as a result of this - parts of these articles may not reflect my current outlook.