Balancing modern news media consumption

Molly Rapske, OpEd Editor

Polarizing politics, catastrophic events and frightening realities face anyone who explores news online or on television. While staying informed in today’s world is important, we are constantly surrounded by shocking media that can be overwhelming at times. This in turn can make us feel as if we want to close off all media exposure altogether. However, there is a fine line that we need to walk in order to maintain our good health while staying informed.

According to the New York Times, the average American spends 8 hours a day on screens.”

The same concepts that are applied towards nutrition can also be applied towards a healthy media diet. According to the New York Times, the average American spends 8 hours a day on screens. Wherever that time is spent, be it on mobile video games or on YouTube, it is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid sensational shock media.

Such difficulties can be exacerbated by news which seeks to incite rather than inform. There is unfortunately no such thing as a fully unbiased news source. Even though journalists are tasked ethically to “seek truth and report it,” people are only human. That being said, in consuming news, readers must learn to notice biases.

Try comparing news sources to one another. If you feel that an article, video, or podcast isn’t giving you all sides of the story, then try comparing it to another source. Compare a CNN article to a Fox News one.

Personally, when I feel that the news is getting to be a bit too heavy, I look to an outside perspective. I find that non-US news sources such as the BBC or the Guardian have a less biased perspective as their reporters are operating outside the realm of what they report. 

Taking a mindful approach when it comes to viewing such content will be particularly beneficial to viewers.

However, it is still impossible to completely avoid interacting with sensationalized news. Taking a mindful approach when it comes to viewing such content will be particularly beneficial to viewers. When you are confronted with a news source that is overwhelming, the best thing to do is take a step back and view it from an outside perspective. 

Viewers who consider all factors while consuming news media will hopefully find less stress in staying informed.


Opinions expressed in letters and other editorials, unless otherwise stated, are those of the writers and not of The Horizon staff or the college collectively.

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