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Stop Reading the News: A Manifesto for a Happier, Calmer and Wiser Life

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,207 ratings  ·  198 reviews

News is to the mind what sugar is to the body.

In 2013 Rolf Dobelli stood in front of a roomful of journalists and proclaimed that he did not read the news. It caused a riot. Now he finally sets down his philosophy in detail. And he practises what he preaches: he hasn't read the news for a decade.

Stop Reading the News is Dobelli's manifesto about the dangers of the most to

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Kindle Edition, 176 pages
Published January 9th 2020 by Sceptre (first published September 2nd 2019)
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Mushisho Azhar
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone who used to enjoy going through the newspapers back in secondary school, this was an interesting read. While I cannot say that I am entirely convinced in giving up news completely, I do agree with certain points brought forward by the author.

Back when I used to read newspapers almost everyday, I do sometimes feel a sense of hopelessness over what I see as a bleak future. Headlines would predominantly feature tragedy after tragedy, followed by grim forecasts about the environment/world
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Luna Erica
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Don’t judge a book by its cover. The cover was the best part about this book.

On the whole, this book feels like it was written on a dare - rapidly and thoughtlessly, and with no proper grounding in research.

Dobelli has some good arguments, but because they aren’t met by what the majority of the world still believes and argues for it just sounds like a kid in a high school debate, throwing points at you that no one ever claimed were untrue in the first place. He also repeats his arguments over an
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Ben Bakker
This had such a narrow scope? Like yes I agree with the premise and a few of his arguments but it was just very much written for a business man who is ADDICTED... like ADDICTED to the news (over 90 mins a day). And it was very much written with the same snobby middle aged white man style as the subtle art of not giving a fuck. Disappointed
Ashok Krishna
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book deserves more than 5 stars! ❤️

Will share the full review soon.
Henrik Haapala
Update 2021-01-09:
Just because a piece of information makes the news does not make it into knowledge and certainly not understanding. Just because it’s “urgent” does not make it important. Over time you can develop understanding and knowledge of a subject by reading books - not news.

This book presents at least 22 arguments against the consumption of the news. Who is the author?

Rolf Dobelli is a Swiss author and businessman. He began his writing career as a novelist in 2002, but he is best known
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Umesh Kesavan
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I could not have chosen a more inappropriate time for reading this book. Even as I google and check all global news websites on the latest Covid-19 updates, Rolf Dobelli comes up with a passionate and well-argued short thesis on why we must keep away from any form of news. He proffers arguments such as why news is a waste of time - ably buttressed by results from scientific research as well as quotes from Stoics like Marcus Aurelius. The book puts forward a radical and contestable idea and it is ...more
Dave De roos
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Eye opener although nothing is really new. Read this after hearing an interview on 'de correspondent' podcast. If you want to have a happier and an easier life, please practice this before turning to Ikagai ...more
Mahsa Mohammadi
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must read for these days.
Uttara
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Im convinced.
Andrew
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I stopped reading, watching, and listening to the news twelve years ago. Although I believe in the importance of an educated and informed electorate, the news just made me mad, agitated me, and was simply not good for my soul. Rolf Dobelli adds a myriad of other compelling reasons in a series of short chapters. Here are a few.

News is irrelevant. Since news operations are out to make money by capturing eyeballs and eardrums, they do not focus on what’s important but on what captures attention. Cr
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Joséphine
Jul 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
An important book, but not exactly a warm and fluffy one. We already know, or suspect, the kind of damage that an addiction to the news can do to our brains and our lives, even if it's a few minutes a day.

There are lots of good points, here is a list of the arguments:
News is irrelevant
News is outside your circle of competence
News gets risk assessment all wrong
News is a waste of time
News obscures the big picture
News is toxic to your body
News confirms our mistakes
News reinforces hindsight bias
News
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Mark Pack
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
My reaction on first seeing copies of Rolf Dobelli's Stop Reading The News was a mix of fear and excitement.

At the time, I was coming to the end of writing my own book about the news, Bad News: what the headlines don't tell us. Fear, then, that another book would have pre-empted me and excitement that a book on a similar topic was piled up on a table at the front of a Waterstones. Very few printed books make it into a bookshop, let alone into piles at the front of a mainstream one. Hope therefor
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Kelly
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Definitely a perspective shifter. Dobelli outlines his arguments (around 30 of them) in brief, highly readable chapters - some of them were painfully insightful of my own life (chapter 9 on one's circle of competence, 17 on opinions, 27 on illusory empathy, and 28 on terrorism were standouts). Dobelli has skin in the game having been news-free himself for around 10 years so his advice on stopping reading the news as well as what to do instead actually carried some weight. I was already on the fe ...more
Ireene
Jan 24, 2020 added it
A bit shallow like the news the author is asking as to stop consuming. But our rubbish filled brains might not be able to read something more thorough yet, so I guess it is a great starting point to stop reading/listening/watching the news.
Johanna
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
My news ban has commenced! And I’m re-reading this book already!

Fascinating read and clearly defined arguments as to the reasons why constantly consuming from news media is not good for us, not just for our mental health but it doesn’t fundamentally improve our knowledge of the what’s happening in the world, doesn’t make us more informed or any more in control about what impacts us. Don’t believe me? Read this first then discuss!
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Darragh
Aug 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Nothing groundbreaking, but a pleasant way to reaffirm my convictions.
An Idler
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
I buy it, but then again I'd already deleted my podcasts, social media, and news subscriptions before I'd ever heard of this book. It's a very short collection of micro-essays with no-nonsense appeals to give up the news. Dobelli defines the news broadly as anything about current events that isn't long-form investigative or explanatory journalism. Twitter, Facebook, your favorite partisan politics website, many podcasts, Reddit, etc. would all qualify as news to stop reading in addition to the t ...more
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Disclaimer: I receive a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


"By now you were never really finished reading the news; you couldn't be, there was always another headline to read, and by the time you had exhausted those ones, the others already had new headlines and new news."

This was such an interesting read. Trying to understand where the author's mindset is with not reading the news.

He make good points and explanation in some however I do not agree with other things he said.
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Farzad Yaghoobi
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Very logical arguments against consuming the news.
Ali Hussein
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great and convincing!
But hey, I live in Iraq and I’m a news editor 😂
Vismay
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A charming little book that advises me to stop reading the news. Time to give up the much vaunted habit cultivated in school!
Emily
Feb 08, 2021 added it
wow this really made me think! need to re read it to grasp it fully i think
Linda
Not as interesting as I thought!
Lee
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A critical piece that advocates a controversial view of abstaining from the news. May be very tough to follow suit, especially for a media worker like myself, but definitely changed my perspective on the way I should consume media, and not just news.
Ernestasia Siahaan
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Considering recent trends of fake news, sensationalism, and sometimes even poor writing skills, I wonder if journalism means anything at all nowadays.

The book lays down arguments on why reading world news is irrelevant to our overall understanding of the world, hinders us from actually making change in the world for the better, and ultimately does not add anything to our decision-making, self-development and well being.

It suggests to focus on our “circle of competence”, and opt for deep-reading
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Justin
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for this after listening to a fascinating conversation between Dobelli and The Correspondent's Rob Wijnberg. I've long known/suspected that consuming so much news is not good for me and it was helpful to have those suspicions confirmed. The problem with this book was really the messenger, not the message. Dobelli comes off as an out-of-touch pretentious prick, who doesn't seem fully aware that his advice comes from a position of great privilege. He writes as if we are all Swiss ...more
Edward Smith
Feb 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
high on assertions, light on evidence. A missed opportunity.
Silvia
May 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Considering that he said he stopped reading the news and social media feeds 10 years ago the author writes pretty much the same as you've expect from a worldy columnist with an active twitter account. He doesn't offer anything eye opening. He just says that if something major happens those around you will tell you. But what if mr. Dobelli all people around you, this is just a scenario, adopt your way of life and don't read/watch the news. How will you know?
Leaving this aside there is one suggest
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Dietmar
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting view on things. Still have to make up my mind whether or not I should try some of the strategies myself. In any case a lot of food for thought.
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Rolf Dobelli is a Swiss author and businessman. He began his writing career as a novelist in 2002, but he is best known internationally for his bestselling non-fiction The Art of Thinking Clearly (2011, English 2013), for which The Times has called him "the self-help guru the Germans love". ...more

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