Why World-Changers Don’t Watch The News — Peter Diamandis

Do you feel fatigued by the news but want to stay informed? You’re not alone. But is it really necessary to consume media if you want to change the world? The international thought leader Peter Diamandis shares his thoughts in this short video.

How Does A Thought Leader View Negative News?

In this interview, Peter Diamandis reveals something quite surprising to Vishen Lakhiani — why he turns off the news media.

To understand why this is huge, you should know that Peter was voted by Fortune Magazine 50 World’s Greatest Leaders, he’s the founder of XPRIZE foundation and co-founder of Human Longevity Inc & Planetary Resources.

He is someone who demonstrates a laser focus on changing the world for the better. And he doesn’t believe that the news actually helps us achieve that better world. In fact, he believes that we should all turn off the news media. Watch the video to understand the logic of one of his central philosophies.

Peter Diamandis offers a different perspective:

  • (0:28) — Instead of consuming all news, he uses a strategy to cut through the overwhelming amount of information;
  • (1:25) — He explains the evolutionary development that made humans focus 10 times more attention to negative news than positive news;
  • (2:50) — He shares how the negative news we see is disproportionate to reality;
  • (3:40) — And he elaborates on Steven Pinker’s enlightening statement of how we are living in the most peaceful time in human history.

This training covered a ton of interesting topics such as Peter’s plans for expanding the human lifespan, why the future is much brighter than we tend to think, and “Peter’s Laws” for being an outlier.

What Happens When We Consume Too Much News

A recent survey by the American Psychological Association shows that while 96% of Americans say they regularly watch the news, 56% admit that doing so causes significant stress. Additionally, 72% believes the media blows things out of the proportion.

Basically, the vast majority of us know that many 24-hour news outlets tried to ramp up our feelings of fear and excitement.

There are definite downsides to watching the news. For example, 10% of Americans check the news every hour for updates. And if that’s not enough, 20% admit to monitoring their social media feeds for new headlines.

In a Times article, the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, Graham Davey answers the question, Is it bad to read the news constantly? And he answers with a definitive yes:

The way that news is presented and the way that we access news has changed significantly over the last 15 to 20 years. These changes have often been detrimental to general mental health.

It’s understandable, even laudable, to want to stay informed. But in this video, Peter Diamandis suggests better ways to understand what you need to know to become a leader.

Vishen’s conversation with Peter Diamandis is cultivated from a method called brain exchange, which you can learn more about from this video.

How do you filter negative news from your dose of mass media and current affairs? Share your techniques with us in the comments below.

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