by Matt Alderton | November 29, 2018
Some people drink. Some people smoke. Some people eat junk food. These days, however, a lot of people get their fix from something that's become just as unhealthy as conventional addictions: news, the 24/7 consumption of which has become a distressing habit for many Americans on both sides of the political aisle.

"Headlines are important, especially these days, but too much news consumption can be distracting (and dismaying)," says Fast Company contributor Stephanie Vozza. "If keeping up with every presidential tweet and pundit hot take is stressing you out and keeping you from focusing on what really matters, [you need to find a way] to wean yourself from the deluge of news while still staying informed."

Vozza's suggestion? Go back in time to an era before online news and social media existed.

"Getting your news online can be like drinking from a fire hose: It's an endless blast that leaves you feeling raw," she says. "Try subscribing to a daily newspaper. Yes, a print one. It contains a finite amount of information, and you can recycle it. Plus, it's delivered right to your doorstep, often before you've even had your first sip of coffee."

When you get your news from a newspaper, the news cycle is slower, and you are limited to only news that the newspaper editors deem important. Instead of drowning in news, therefore, you'll therefore be floating on it.

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