I gave up reading the news for Lent. I have been doing pretty well so far. Usually, at about this time, I give up on my lost cause of a fast and pick something new. This year, I haven't needed to do so. The benefits I have reaped have far outweighed the curiosity inspired by the standard click bait news format, and curiosity is not a virtue. I find that I have a happier disposition as well.
I have made it my Lent to rid the house of spiritual toxicity. My children read more. We have reduced our screen time. However, the shows with which we are currently tempted to watch are darker and more intense than before. It is a matter of quality over quantity. Next year, I may add TV time altogether to our fast. I have noticed that I am more attentive. It is easier for me to move through my day without the temptation of screen time. I no longer lose hours of my day, telling my children, "Just let me finish this last article."
I do believe that it is important to know what is happening in the world. I also believe that much of the news available to me is presented in a less than truthful and/or factual manner. Why waste my time?
Why spend money for that which is not bread, your wages for that which does not satisfy? ... Seek the Lord while He still may be found; call to Him when He is close at hand.
Isaiah 55: 2, 7