Some of the fondest memories I have of my mother include the two of us happily flipping through the pages of The National Enquirer and Star magazines, chatting and exclaiming over what we’d just seen or read about our favorite celebs.
Today, celebrity news gossip sites and forums abound on the Internet, rendering paper magazines nearly obsolete. Because I was essentially raised reading celeb gossip, if I allowed myself, I could easily spend hours every day hopping from site to site to catch up on the latest happenings with the actors, entertainers, and even politicians that I love… or love to hate. And admittedly, when I just need a break from the general ho-hum-ness of my life, I *do* waste that time.
But online discourse is so incredibly polarizing. The comments section of basically any article can quickly turn into a festering pit of hostility and incivility filled with personal attacks and racist/sexist insults. I don’t need that negative energy in my life, especially since I view 2020 as something of a rebirth for me.
As such, I’ve begun the difficult process of weaning myself off of my favorite sites.
You may wonder, what exactly is so difficult about minding one’s own business? Well, gossip is a hard habit to break. It’s simple human nature to wonder how others live, and social media can easily turn that curiosity into obsession.
Two particular events within the last 4 years exponentially increased the amount of chatter on the worldwide grapevine: first, the election of America’s 45th president, who is the physical embodiment of chaos, followed by UK Prince Harry’s decision to court and marry biracial American actress Meghan Markle. Can I be blamed for trying to keep pace with the constant stream of dramas surrounding these folk?
The 45th presidency plus the royal family fallout times the usual celebrity news (marriages, births, and deaths, etc) equals one gossip-consumed me. But even I have become burned out and jaded; I simply can no longer keep up with all of the stories and opinions and insiders and think pieces and Tweets and posts and pictures and articles and… well, you get the gist.
I hereby vow to reduce the amount of time I spend reading about others and instead promise to use that time to work on my own endeavors.
Though I will need to find out how the 2020 election plays out, and I can’t wait to see what happens with Sussexit (ie, the exit of Meghan and Harry Sussex from royal duties). Then too, the Fast 9 movie is on the way, and the NFL draft will soon begin, and…
You see how this will be kind of a slow process.