The News Depresses Me

United States
January 9, 2007 11:52pm CST
I honestly don't watch the news unless it just ends up on that channel when I'm not paying attention. There is rarely any happy news or if it is happy the bad news kind of over shadows it. I don't understand why people want to watch the news all the time. I know it is important to know what is goign on in the world, but if I watched it all the time I would probably feel like the world was pretty hopeless.
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@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
10 Jan 07
I don't watch the news either. I completely agree with the fact that it is too depressing. I keep up on things by reading news stories online. that way I can choose to just not read the depresing ones. There is an old song by Anne Murray that I just love that is called A Little Good News and it is basically about just this topic. It is just timeless.
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@shywolf (4520)
• United States
10 Jan 07
It's so funny that you say this, because it is exactly how I feel. I don't enjoy watching the news, either, because too much of it is negative. The thing about being here on Mylot is that I am hearing more and more about these negative news stories that I had been avoiding on the television*laugh* But sometimes I also hear about interesting, positive stories that i also would have missed. I really enjoy the diversity here on Mylot, and I do think that it is good to keep up with the news that is going on in the world around us. It is just so depressing sometimes to hear about some of the bad things that go on in the world.
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
10 Jan 07
I agree with you completely. On the rare occasions that I actually do watch the news I usually put on Good Morning America or something like that. They break it up with tons of "human interest" stories so it's easier to swallow. Still, I keep pretty up-to-date on what's going on in the world because my hubby LOVES to tell me all about what's happening. If any of it seems interesting to me, I just look it up online for the full story!
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• India
10 Jan 07
ya correct same with me but always watch news whether good sad bad.
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@katprice (807)
• United States
10 Jan 07
That's why I go to www.happynews.com because it will only report the good news and run profiles of heroes and other people who are doing good things. The news thats on regular TV is what they are TOLD to show us, not a reflection of what is really happening. To get the real scoop on what's happening in the world, you need to watch news on the satellite from overseas, then you'll get the truth.
@dmillman (2273)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Thanks for sharing that website. I always thought that it would be great if there was a newspaper or news on TV that only mentioned the positive stuff. I never thought of online (der). I like that site you mentioned, as I went there right after I read it. Thanks again!
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
10 Jan 07
I stopped watching the news years ago because I felt the same way. In a 30 minute news program you get 15 minutes of bad news, 10 minutes of commercials, 4 minutes of sports, and 1 minute of good news. And if your sports teams are doing poorly you get 19 minutes of bad news! These days I read my news online so that way I can pick and choose how and when I want to hear the bad news. Most of the bad news is completely irrelevant to me anyhow.
@riyasam (16578)
• India
10 Jan 07
you are very right.the news depresses me too.but i do read the news as the only think i can do is pray for a particular person.
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@crystal8577 (1470)
• United States
11 Jan 07
My husband watches the news & catches me up on anything he thinks I should know or would interest me. I never watch the news, I also find that it really upsets & saddens me.
• United States
11 Jan 07
I like your system. That would work great for me if my husband actually watched the news. usually what I do learn is from talk shows so it is usually the light happy news. I find myself always updating my husband on that stuff.
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
11 Jan 07
I gave up watching the news decades ago. I figure if there is some major earth shattering event going on, I will find out about it somehow. I don't miss hearing about all the murders and accidents and what not. 99.99% of what goes on in the country or world, are things I have no control over or things I can't change. The news is created to cause people to get all excited. How can I believe most of it anyway? It is all based on sensationalism, which the media is an expert at marketing to the public. I don't need all the negativity in my life. Sure, there are some good stories once in a blue moon. The media always has an agenda to persuade public opinion and distort the truth. I haven't missed watching the news at all.
@peaceful (3301)
• United States
11 Jan 07
Smart move, sigma77! There are always gonna be people who are all to happy to "fill you in" with information, even if you didn't ask them for it... Why on Earth would I need to waste the energy, lose a good night's sleep and get "mentally fatigued" by watching "News" when somebody is going to attempt to tell me about stuff anyway! :) I love seeing people react to my "huh?" when they attempt to tell me about something that truly feel is of the utmost importance, and then their astonishment when I answer their automatic question, "Don't you watch THE NEWS?!?!"... Priceless! :)
@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
16 Feb 07
I only take my news from the internet. That way, I can pick, choose and refuse what I want to be exposed to. I have depression and watching the news on television is a drag to me. My mother also had depression and she would watch the news and cry all the time. During 9/11, I did not have the internet. Although, I knew it was tearing me up inside, I felt obligated to watch the coverage day and night. Since then I have never followed another major thing on the television news.
@ronita34 (3923)
• Canada
16 Feb 07
I agree with you and this is exactly the reason why i do not like to turn the news on either. I sort of like to live life in my own little world with love, friendship, loyalty and just as te best person that i can be. I do not want to br dragged down by the worlds problem as we all know that the world has too many problems to want to deal with at once. I think that our own problems in generl can be overwhelming enough at times!!
@sonnet (165)
• South Korea
15 Feb 07
Because I live in a country where it's difficult to access the latest news in English, I get most of my news off the internet rather than TV or newspapers. I have a variety of sites I visit and it helps give a broader view to what's going on in the world. Not all news is bad news and it's good to read some stories from different perspectives, ie bbc vs nbc, daily news sites vs weekly (indepth) sites.
• United States
7 Feb 07
try www.goodnewsnow.com
@hasseyg (313)
11 Jan 07
Yeah the same goes for me, the news is always bad all the time.
@shyam4uall (1003)
• India
11 Jan 07
I watch news everyday and very often in a day..But I try to avoid such bad politics which play with the life of helpless people...As such acts are going on Iraq and recently with the peoples of Somalia..As you said the news channels wants everysort of news to complete their 24x7 work no matter the people wants to see them or not...I don't know why media shows the sence of bombing or any attack where body parts are deattched from each other..really horrible face..etc.such news makes no sense and these news channels are only airing such scenes to increase their TRG ratings so that their income can increase...All these are commercial don't search or any real feeling in such news..
@freesoul (3023)
• Egypt
11 Jan 07
Like you, I don't watch the news on TV unless I end up being in front of it for one reason or another, it gets me depressed and there's absolutely nothing that we can do about it, I prefer to read the newspaper and jump over the headings that I don't like and sometimes I check for news online when I want to know more about something in particular. I just wish there was more good news in the world but sadly it's mostly depressing stories that all we see on the TV.
@Persia (151)
• United States
11 Jan 07
the news depresses me too, i really refuse to watch it sometimes because i dont want to get sad or angry.
@Smith2028 (797)
• United States
11 Jan 07
People watch the news to catch up on events they deem to be important. Unfortunatly, if it bleeds it leads has become the underlying motto of the media. It has created a world in which violence and bad news is ithe only news worthy of reporting.
@anne_143god (5390)
• Philippines
11 Jan 07
I just watch news because I want to know what is happening around but I agree with you that most of the news now adays dont give any good news but bad news most of the time but still I want to watch for I can prevent those bad things that might happen.
• Indonesia
11 Jan 07
if the news could make deppesed you, just stay away from that. sometimes a news could only make a sensational news.