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The Information Diet: How To Stop Your Content Consumption From Turning Toxic

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It’s time to talk about your information diet!⁠

With censorship, misinformation, and fake news on the rise, non-stop notifications vying for your attention and an abundance of information at our fingertips 24/7, an information diet has become a necessity for not only surviving, but thriving in the modern world. ⁠

‘What is an information diet’, we hear you ask? ⁠Well, put simply, just like a food diet, an ‘information diet’ refers to all the news, articles, blogs, ads, posts and content you’re consuming on a regular basis. ⁠

An information diet calls for the conscious consumption of news and content. ⁠It helps you stay aware of what information you’re consuming, prioritise high-quality information, and limit your intake to a manageable level. ⁠Your ‘information diet’ is just as important as your food diet. Maybe even more so. ⁠And we’d argue it’s *just* as crucial for your health. ⁠

Here’s our top 5 tips for creating and implementing your own information diet; ⁠

1. Audit who you follow

Limit news and media publications to a select few sources you trust and align with. An overload of news from an overload of sources never helped anyone understand anything about what’s really going on in the world. ⁠

2. Unfollow, unfriend, mute

Anyone or anything that makes you feel like you’re not good enough in any way needs to go… No exceptions, no explanation needed. ⁠

3. Turn off notifications

How will you get anything done when your phone is buzzing at you all day, every day? If you’re a slave to the notifications, turning them off and implementing designated ‘checking times’ is a total game-changer. ⁠

4. Set limits

Limiting the amount of time you spend online is one of the best ways to keep your information consumption in check. Setting time limits on your apps (and sticking to them!) is a great way to limit information overwhelm and overload.⁠

5. Stop and take stock

Is your scrolling habit leaving you feeling anxious or making your blood pressure rise? Pause and reflect on *why* you feel the way you do and decide what you’re going to do about it – see options 1-4 above. ⁠

How do you maintain a healthy information diet?

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