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Question #93184 posted on 06/17/2020 4:08 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have had a goal for a few years now to become a more rounded person, I took a class some time ago where the course reading talked about how people tend to somewhat self-isolate the opinions they hear until they mostly hear things they agree with, and have very strong opinions due to this. For this purpose, I really try to understand a range of opinions, even if I don't agree with them, so I follow a lot of topics in my life (pages on a few drastic sides of the political, scientific, and social opinions to name a few). I feel this has been largely positive, until this year, when people are getting pretty wild with conspiracy theories, and racism, and conspiracy theories about racism, and I get the feeling that it's going to stay pretty wild for some time. I don't particularly like the idea of unfriending people that have entered this area, due to my beliefs, and the fact that I don't see an ability to regrow friends with a range of opinions at a later date, but it is exhausting. Is there a way to balance this? I suppose I could just step away from it all, but I don't feel that would be particularly productive either. Should I give up and stop reading news that exhausts me?

-My Name Here

A:

Dear Your Name Here,

It's perfectly fine to take a step away from news that exhausts you. I think especially applies to stepping away from news sources that are heavily biased. Personally, what I like to do in these scenarios is setting up my social media so that I won't see updates from different people until you're ready. Most social media apps have settings so you can remain friends with people without seeing any of their updates. Hopefully this helps!

Peace,

Tipperary