Before you read my thoughts on the subject, here is what Thoreau wrote in 1854:
I don’t learn anything in the news. It’s the same content regurgitated with changed names and places. That’s boring. That’s a waste of my productivity.
Instead, I click over to Twitter where I follow a few hundred curated souls and peruse what they’re talking about. If there’s anything important in the world for me to know, they will share the same links. This is known as social proof. More often than not, they’re saying the same things every day which tells me there’s nothing new going on.
Besides, even when there is something worth knowing, it tends to be irrelevant in the sense learning it doesn’t change my life. News is bad for you so stop reading and start living.