News Addiction Recovery: Day 3

If you read my previous post, then you know that I’m trying my best to break free from an “addiction” to online news media. And then you might also notice that this new post is merely one day since the last one. That has never happened before. Like a smoker who habitually reaches for a cigarette, I continue to sit down at the computer on a regular basis, only to remind myself that CNN isn’t an option.

So then what? I open my latest Word document and write for a while, and as the minutes turn into hours I realize I’m getting more work done. I spend time reading more blogs, commenting, sending emails to people I’ve been thinking about. I make that phone call, write that letter. All that stuff I wasn’t doing before is now getting done!

The other night I was commenting on an atheist’s blog when my husband asked me what I was doing. We then got into a much-needed conversation about faith. The addicted-me would have filled his ears with all that negative news. How sad and counterproductive that would have been!

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Phil. 4:8

3 thoughts on “News Addiction Recovery: Day 3

  1. yeah, its such a downer. All these recession stories, doom and gloom; it can really taint one’s thinking. Good to make the break. Personally, I live out of my feed reader (Google Reader) and am VERY fussy about sources. Feed your mind with what it needs 🙂

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  2. be careful you don’t become addicted to blogs, facebook or another online fix – turn off the TV, cell phone and computer once in a while and come up for air, spend time with your neighbors, play a board game (not the online version) – go out and hear some live music (please musician’s are struggling right now), if you dance then dance

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  3. Okay, this is working entirely too well — I actually forgot to watch the inauguration. Please, please don’t tell my grandmother. Her generation went to war so we could have this freedom, you know.

    But then I went to the web, caught up on the news in a matter of minutes, and went on with my life. I must say it’s nice to feel a little detached from it all.

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