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I Subscribed To Push Notifications From 12 News Outlets For 3 Months — Here’s What I Learned

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If you’ve been wondering what it’s like to consume news round-the-clock during this interesting time in American history, well, I am here to tell you it is exactly as stressful as it seems.

While it certainly was not the healthiest choice I’ve made for my sanity, or now lack thereof, in December 2016 I elected to subscribe to iPhone push notifications from 12 news outlets, all of which send snippets of information that generally cause tremendous pain.

A haphazard conversation with a friend was, for the most part, what prompted this absurd idea to torture myself. My friend had nonchalantly mentioned he solely relies on The New York Times updates for important news. To this I recalled the frenzy I entered by cause of the fragmented news alerts sent on the day of the most glaring media failure of 2016 — the “reopening” of the Hillary Clinton email probe that wasn’t. Had ...

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