Down the rabbit hole: celebrity news addiction

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Anyone who has ever been on the Daily Mail website and been drawn to their showbiz column knows exactly what it is like to lose an hour of your life without knowing or remembering what happened.

These days I rarely allow myself to get caught down the rabbit hole that is the never-ending showbiz column, namely because I inevitably want to scan through every single story headline and there are a lot of them. I end up opening at least 10 of these articles in succession, thereby crashing my Safari session, which then begins to draw me out of my celeb-addicted haze and back into cold hard reality wondering where the last half an hour just went.

Whilst this was once a daily activity, a few years ago I decided to go cold turkey on engaging in this zombie-like consumption of useless news and I haven’t turned back since (bar the odd relapse which then reminds me why I went cold turkey in the first place).

I now find out celebrity news through the grapevine (Amal Clooney is pregnant?? Beyonce is pregnant? Everyone it seems is pregnant!). I find it odd being so out of the loop with news I was once so up-to-date on, but I need to stick to my guns on this if I am to maintain my sanity and prevent countless hours of time wasting.

Moderation has never been my forte which such things, which is a shame. But I rest easy in the knowledge that I have gained back countless hours of my life that I would have never seen again and that is really worth something. I am not sure what those hours were then filled with alternatively (watching TV, eating?) but I have to believe that whatever it is must be better than being stuck down the celebrity news rabbit hole.

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