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
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!