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Cathy Rentzenbrink on the dangers of obsessing over the news

Twitter is bad for your mental health. Illustration: Kate Hazell

When I was growing up I spent a lot of time with my maternal grandparents. He was a bus driver and she was a typist. They thought it part of their civic duty to be informed so every night they watched the evening news. It always ended with a light-hearted “and finally,” before they turned off the television and went to bed.

That last bit is hard to do in the modern world. In an era of multiple news…

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