Lab Report: Quitting the News

“If you get your view of the world from the news, you’re always going to think that we’re living in violent times.”

– Steven Pinker

What’s the message of the mainstream media? Be afraid! Stay inside! Out there are Isis, the 1% staling your money and clowns! No wonder we feel anxious and afraid even though we live in the safest era in human history.

The Lab Report – 006 – “Quit the News”

I stopped following the news about 3 years ago. I don’t read any newspapers, I don’t listen to the radio and I don’t follow any blogs or news feeds.

How has this experiment pan out?

Short term effects: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

– “Fear of Missing Out” might haunt you in the beginning – don’t worry, if it’s important (most news aren’t) you will hear about it.

– Fearmonger stories triggers stress and spikes your cortisol. Without these spikes you can enjoy a stronger immune system.

Long term effects: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Reduced fear and anxiety.

– Less drama, more focus.

– The media is experts at masking us feel concerned. Being concerned makes us feel like we are doing something while we’re not. Now you freed up time to do shit.

Sustainability: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

– You might work at a job where you’re unable to control news exposure i.e a places where TVs and radios on all the time.

– Social media feeds can be challenging to manage. I solved it by not looking at social media feeds.

– Ones your out off it, and if you pay attention to the positive effects, then it’s very hard to relapse.

FINAL VERDICT: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Quitting the news is the closest thing I’ve found to a silver bullet for improved happiness and inner peace. 👌🏻 ☯️

Of course you should not take my word for it. Think for yourself. And also -what is the counter argument to what I just said? 🧐 🤔

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Top Books of the Year – #6

#6 “Radical Honesty” by Blad Blanton


  • It’s about anger.
  • It’s about how moralism comes back to bite you in the ass.
  • It’s about neurosis.
  • It’s about deadening. Low intensity suffering caused by being on guard.
  • It’s about growing the fuck up!
  • It’s about willingness to take care of oneself.
  • It’s about telling the truth as you experience it, regardless of how it portraits you.
  • It’s about the struggles you face – and their insignificance in face of your death.

It’s all over the place in a wonderful way!

——- WHY THIS BOOK? ———

This book so crazy, yet so sane. It is books like these that keeps me motivated to read. It is finding books like this that is the payoff for time I put into reading. I don’t agree with everything Blaton says but I’m grateful to still be able to pick up new perspectives and ideas that can help me understand the human condition.

————— IMPACT —————

I’m more aware of when I withhold information, bend the truth and tell small lies. I have also started experimenting with being more honest in situation where it’s would be more comfortable not to be.

——— 🤔QUESTIONS🤔——-

What new ideas and perspectives did you pick up this year?

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Read my full Radical Honesty Review!

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