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Anybody never watch tv and never read the news?

Asked by Aster (14914 points ) December 15th, 2013

I cannot function with no tv and no news shows or newspapers. I admit that too much news can be depressing but does anybody have no interest in tv or news shows? If you watch once a week then this would not apply to you.

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ucme's avatar

I have to laugh when some claim to do neither & yet are remarkably up to speed on current affairs.

El_Cadejo's avatar

I don’t watch tv news nor read the newspaper.

@ucme I’m so up to date still because I listen to NPR in the car :P

I do this because I prefer to actually hear the news rather than what celebrity just broke up with who or some other meaningless drivel that we put on our nightly “news”

ucme's avatar

@uberbatman Put ya tongue away, I meant reading news from a variety of mediums :P

johnpowell's avatar

I spent about six months in my RV without tv or internet around four years ago. It was horrible and great. I’m really good at Mario Kart 64 now. I did cheat and sit on a curb a few miles away to use AIM to chat with Allie. But I was mostly cut off from any infotainment. I mostly played video games and read.

I’m a news junkie but I managed. There was also a lot of masturbation. The RV reeked of cum.

Seek's avatar

I have a TV that isn’t hooked up to anything but a VHS/DVD player.

If I hear about something interesting happening in current events via, say, Fluther or Facebook, I’ll look it up. Otherwise, no news either.

In fact, twice now my area has been hit by a tropical storm, and I didn’t know about it until afterward, when I was talking to someone and said “Man, we’ve had a lot of rain recently, haven’t we?”

“Uh, you mean Tropical Storm whatever?”

I assume if something Cat3 or above shows up someone will post about it on Facebook before it actually happens.

flip86's avatar

I lived without news for all of 2009. I didn’t have cable and was only watching Netflix. I really liked it. If I never saw the news again I’d be just fine with it.

flutherother's avatar

I’m a news junkie and my alarm wakes me with the news every morning. When I’m on holiday it is different.

hearkat's avatar

I get my news from the radio – NPR, BBC and local stations. I also get local and regional news feeds via social media and I have the Associated Press app set to notify me of big news events.

I turned off television – especially “news” media – back when OJ Simpson and Princess Di gossip dominated everything. Celebrity worship and media sensationalism are big problem in our culture that have since spawned all these ridiculous ‘reality’ shows and perpetuated the media outlets to report things ‘first’ regardless of whether their ‘story’ is factual.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I never watch television. I read the headlines and some articles on news sites online.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I haven’t watched TV for almost a decade, except while in the gym where a monitor with one of the 24hr news channels is usually silently hanging over my head whether I like it or not. For the past year, I’ve been getting news pretty much the way @Seek_Kolinahr does. Upon approach of an island, I’ll check out their online newspaper to get up to speed on what’s happening there. For up to date status of the country in relation to American citizens, I rely on the State Department site, then make my decision to go in, which is what I usually do anyway. I might look into the various East Caribbean newspapers online now and then, but I really don’t have any interest in US news anymore. If something big happens in the US , like Newtown, or an assassination, or a political change in relation to the country I’m in, it’ll be in these papers. When American drinks a beer, these smaller countries take a piss. Americans, like everyone else, are gonna do what they’re gonna do, it is what it is, and there’s not a fucking thing I could do about it when I was there and less now that I live offshore. It has very little to do with my present life and I’m glad of it.

flip86's avatar

I’d like to add that I don’t ever purposely watch the news except for an occasional check on the weather report during the winter.

At work during my break I’ll occasionally read a few newspaper articles that might peak my interest. Usually though, I grab the entertainment section and do the Jumble or look through the classifieds.

tom_g's avatar

As someone who hasn’t watched tv “news” in decades, I occasionally will see a “news” broadcast and I’m completely shocked that anyone can watch it. I would be able to gain a more reasonable understanding of what is actually going on if it was just two people sitting at a “news” desk playing Scrabble. The Onion is out of a job. There is no way to satirize this shitfuckery.

dxs's avatar

I very rarely watch TV and read the news, does that count?
@ucme I get my info from people. And if it is something that really interests me, I google it.

ucme's avatar

@dxs…& you felt the need to tell me that because?
You’re not the “some” I refer to then.

Katniss's avatar

3 people were killed in a drive by. A vacant building was set on fire, a body was found in the smoldering aftermath. The city is in deep financial shit.

I don’t need to watch the news, it’s the same story every day. Yay Detroit.

augustlan's avatar

I’ve gone on ‘new diets’ in the past. Probably the longest one was for less than a year. No TV news, no newspapers. It used to upset me too much. Now, I find that I’m better able to handle the news if I read it on my own schedule – which I do online.

Aster's avatar

Well, it looks like most people on here do read the news after all . The online news definitely counts as reading the news.

tom_g's avatar

@Aster: “The online news definitely counts as reading the news.”

Sure, but there is a big difference between newspapers and online news. When consuming “news” on the internet, it isn’t a linear process. Most of the time, a single “news” article I read will lead to a dozen tabs – most of which are required for context, research, and fact checking. Those old paper newspapers don’t work that way.

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