Radio stations sometimes had a noon broadcast and an early morning broadcast that focused on "leftover" news from the night before and the weather forecast. People received local news as well as national, state, and regional and some world news from their newspapers. Of course, technology developed and now we have news alerts beeping at us 24/7. We have headline news around the clock on televsion, computers, our phones, and radios.
In our household, I cannot watch the current political news on a 24/7 basis. So, I leave the room when my husband insists on watching it. The whole thing spikes my blood pressure. And, so that I am balanced in my information sources, I have alerts from several different news outlets on my phone, that dutifully blast headlines throughout the day. Do I check them religiously? No.
Everyone is different of course. I do tend to be a worrier, to which basically anyone who knows me well would attest. My life has given me plenty of cause to worry over the past six months. But I know that this constant barrage of "news".... or headlines and soundbytes designed to shock, dismay, enrage or inspire ..... does not help my peace of mind. Maybe I need a moratorium on news. Maybe I should apply the principles of minimalism to "news". As an aside, whether you agree with me re news or not, the Calm app is one of the best investments you can make in yourself. But do think about becoming a minimalist in at least one area of your life.