Parents & The Internet: Are We Addicted To Bad News?

“Don’t go on the Internet today,” my fiancé Dave texts me. He does this about once a week.

Usually he’s telling me this because he knows my mama heart can’t handle reading about another killer nanny, school shooting, family slaughter or house of horrors like the one in Cleveland. He knows I lie awake nights imagining all of it happening in gruesome detail to our family, as if my anxiety itself will help prevent the unthinkable. Protect her, I pray to a God I’m not sure I even believe in, though I pray so often you’d think I was devout.

My acupuncturist—I’m trying to reduce anxiety enough to get pregnant again (good luck!)—told me there was always evil in the world. It’s just that now, thanks to technology, we know about all of it. All of the time.

I think he has a point.

Back in ancient times, like 20 years ago, when I got my news from Peter Jennings, news anchors would at least have the courtesy to warn us, “The images we are about to show you may be disturbing.” In those days, I’d be the first one to switch off the television. Today, the only warning we ever get from the Internet is “spoiler alert.” Not helpful, Internet.

Continue reading at Families in the Loop.

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4 Comments

  1. Posted June 11, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Just found your article “40 Effed Up Things About Being 40.”

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    • Posted June 11, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

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  2. Posted June 12, 2013 at 3:41 am | Permalink

    And why do I feel as though I have to travel to a foreign country where my phone doesn’t work so I don’t see sad news? I could just NOT look at one of my five screens over the course of a day.
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    • Posted June 13, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

      I could use an overseas vacation, or maybe just a good old fashioned blackout.

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