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Completely Addicted To News And Politics

Postby Wycliffe » Fri Sep 04, 2020 5:36 pm

Hello.
I hope this is the right forum for this. I have an addiction to news and politics which is out of control. It may seem a trivial problem compared to some others but it's a big problem for me.
Every morning when I get up I go on my computer and check various news sites/newsletters concerning news/current affairs and politics. I read a couple of newspapers online which I have subscribed too.
On and off throughout the day I flit from one news site to the next. In between I read political eBooks. I have downloaded literally hundreds most of which I've yet to read. Every day I keep buying more.

In the evening I watch a couple of hours of cable news before going back online to read more about politics and news. It's driving me crazy. I don't have time to do anything else. But I can't seem to stop. What can I do?
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Re: Completely Addicted To News And Politics

Postby Snaga » Sat Sep 05, 2020 3:16 am

Oh me. Sometimes you just have to make yourself stop for a little while. Maybe skip one of the regular times in your day when you would normally check news and politics.

It's super hard to do, I know, especially in 2020. But try and do something else for a few hours, at a time you'd normally be doing your usual thing. I think you'd find it freeing, once you can manage it a bit.

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Re: Completely Addicted To News And Politics

Postby NewSunRising » Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:09 am

I agree . It could be helpful if you start with a scheduled substitute activity . It won't take long before that becomes a routine .

I also used the technique of " But first ..." when I was fighting the urge to gamble . I basically lied to myself and said " OK , you can go gamble but first you have to clean out that closet / take a 20 minute walk / read one chapter of a book / go buy groceries , etc. ".

By the time I was done with my " But first..." distraction , the urge had greatly weakened .

You could also ask yourself " Is this just FOMO ( Fear of Missing Out ) ? " . I've experienced that playing Pokemon Go . I've started to wean myself off the game lately as I'm spending waaaay too much time glued to the phone because of FOMO .

I have to remind myself I have other things that need doing and I'm not missing anything in the game that's vital to my well being .
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Re: Completely Addicted To News And Politics

Postby Snaga » Sat Sep 05, 2020 7:56 pm

I have been finding myself on social media a little too much, reposting the latest outrage. I am also trying to cut back- I want to keep abreast of the crazy out there, but I need to not let it make me crazy, myself. You have to start trying to step back, or it will consume you.
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