Is Reading the News Healthier Than Watching It on TV?
Posted by: Lauren Carpenter
Published on: July 8th, 2012 at 6:05 AM
The follow was submitted by Jean B. (Your Voice can be heard here as well. Submit your own, we hope you do.)
I am slowly coming to the conclusion that I can’t turn on the TV news anymore.
I remember being told once that it is healthier for your mental health to read your news instead of watching it. This election campaign has become so difficult to listen to. It is hard to start your day in a positive mood. It makes no difference what news channel you choose. We all have our opinion as to which station presents things in a more balanced manner, but no matter, they can’t seem to be positive.
I, for one, am happy that the health care law passed. I worry deeply about the poor and people who are uninsured. But what has been the topic? It is if the mandate to buy health insurance is a tax or a penalty? How many different ways can this be discussed?
Every morning the daily Times Union appears at the bottom of our driveway. Although we have asked to have it put on our porch, our new delivery person just can’t seem to manage the task. So instead of walking out to fetch it in my bathrobe, I turn on the TV. I think I am going to have to change my habit. Everyone in my neighborhood knows me well, who cares if they see me in my bathrobe? And all the commuters racing down our road are driving way faster than the 40 mile speed limit, so they won’t even notice me.
Yes! It is time for me to read the news instead of watching it.