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AIBU t stop watching the news on tv?

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MyCatsHateMLMtoo Thu 20-Apr-17 07:52:37

Just that really.

I actually started stopping watching the news last year or thereabouts; It just annoyed me so much and seemed dumbed down iyswim. Prominent news reports about subjects which imo were just not news (anything to do with 'celebrities lifestyles' or sport, for example).

Anyway, a combination of Brexit, Scottish independence and now a General Election have tipped me over the edge. I just can't cope with the insanity of repeated, repeated, repeated drivel sad.

I tend to actually read newspapers now shock either real paper ones or on line (including DM wink).

Maybe it's my age? I'm middle-aged now and, as well as disliking the news I stopped watching Big Brother, I'm a Celebrity, and all those 'talent shows' a few years ago. I well remember the first few Big Brothers; I really enjoyed them. Sigh, just getting old, I guess.

I cannot be alone feeling like this so, please come here and sympathise. Bring your drink of choice (I'll have a cuppa wink) and moan and kvetch with me.

oklumberjack Thu 20-Apr-17 08:13:02

I'm the opposite. I don't read any particular newspaper as the person who writes it always has an agenda/slant.

I watch lots of news, live news, always PMQ's, listen to the radio a LOT where I hear lots of political interviews from the horses mouth. I almost seem to want to know more about what's going on.

About the celebrity stuff - I'm really not interested in that at all. I haven't watched Big Brother since I was 26. I'm 45 now!

KayTee87 Thu 20-Apr-17 08:16:16

Yanbu I don't really watch Tv at all. We sometimes watch a box set and watch one episode a night or something.

MiddlingMum Thu 20-Apr-17 08:23:00

We don't have a tv. I read selected bits of the BBC news online, listen to Radio 4 and read a couple of quality newspapers.

I've never considered watching Big Brother to be essential anyway grin

ilovesooty Thu 20-Apr-17 08:36:37

You can hardly be unreasonable to access news as you wish.

RachelRagged Thu 20-Apr-17 08:38:21

Maybe it's my age? I'm middle-aged now and, as well as disliking the news I stopped watching Big Brother, I'm a Celebrity, and all those 'talent shows' a few years ago. I well remember the first few Big Brothers; I really enjoyed them. Sigh, just getting old, I guess.

You and me both then OP

MyCatsHateMLMtoo Thu 20-Apr-17 18:23:29

Radio 4 I do listen to from time to time, particularly Any Questions. Although Any Answers (on after any Questions) is far more interesting as the views of listeners never fail to entertain, amaze and sometimes shock me.

Meekonsandwich Thu 20-Apr-17 21:38:22

I'm 23 and cannot stand the news.
Its biased, depressing and never the full story.
Just like facebook, people don't realise it's only on the news because it's unusual or exceptional, that it's not everybody, every day.
Im thinking of getting into a newspaper but i dont know whether it's the same issues there. I used to love the metro, but it's a lot of celebrity and fashion trash. I loved the science and new technologies articles.

My family think I'm being ignorant and unreasonable despite them being regular news watchers and spouting things like
"the worlds so depressing/dangerous now"
And taking what they've heard at face value.

topcat2014 Thu 20-Apr-17 21:40:26

I have always been a bit of a news 'junkie' - I have a daily paper on subscription - have radio 4 on in the morning, and in the car - however - since the election (ie 2 days) I really can't face ending the day with the 10'oclock news.

I'm with Brenda from Bristol.

sniffle12 Thu 20-Apr-17 21:46:17

I only really scan/read the BBC News app once a day to get the facts.

I can't be bothered with anything more in-depth, it's all just noise to fill the space now that we have for some reason committed to 24 hour news.

The worst is this election. They can't just report that Corbyn/May whoever has made a speech and here are the key points. They have to do in-depth analysis, what did they mean by this, what's their strategy, what did some random expert we've called in make of it, what did some politician who supposedly retired in the 90s make of it, what did a random man off the street make of it, blah blah blah.

It all just distracts from the important stuff which is: what are their policies? After watching the news for two days I don't even know yet.

shellhider Thu 20-Apr-17 21:59:46

I'm not sure that the important thing now is what their policies are because whatever policies they now discuss are ones that won't happen if they are elected.

sniffle12 Thu 20-Apr-17 22:05:40

True!

Derlei Thu 20-Apr-17 22:41:35

Lately, I've really become fed up of it all. Brexit, Trump, Syria, Terrorist attacks, Marine Le Pen, Isis, Russia, North Korea, and now a sodding general election to drive us insane for another 2 months. It's relentless and you can't get away from it whichever news source you turn to

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