Like you mentioned in the original post, there are lots of reasons not to watch the news. And ENFPs are supposed to know what's going on in the world? By whose standards? I will personally choose to know about exactly what I want to know about, and not what the corporate media says I should know about. There will always be rapists- lots of them. That's the bottom line, and it's one to be sad about, so that's understandable. But it isnt necessary to know them by name, and it probably isn't healthy to bring your negative emotions about this and similar topics back all of the time.
Also, there are hidden agendas behind virtually every major media outlet, "edit: and many important stories are purposely omitted from the news". The lead editors behind the new york and LA times, people magazine, and most similar publications are members of an the council on foreign relations, a splinter group of the round table group in britain, which is a self-proclaimed fabian socialist group.
If anyone has any questions about this strange topic, I recommend reading chomsky or looking these groups up on the internet. Or in 'Time' if you can find an article about them.
Reading this thread makes me wonder how I could have ever considered myself ENFP. I can't recall ever crying during the news. I remember having a sense of awe while watching the stuff on 9/11. I wasn't sad or angry, just amazed. I remember feeling the same way while watching the stuff on the Virginia Tech shooting, while my roommate was really worried about the people he knew (he went to Virginia Tech). I was just in awe.
The only way I can imagine the news having an emotional effect on me is if something happened to someone I care about, like if I was watching a story about a plane crash with someone I cared about on it.
See I am a bit of a news junkie, but not sure why as it always makes me sad lol... i keep watching because I hate to be out of the loop, but the loop is always full of shit that I really wish I had not exposed myself to.
It's a vicious cycle.
Your personality type is ENFP.
Extraverted (E) 100% Introverted (I) 0%
Intuitive (N) 91% Sensing (S) 9%
Feeling (F) 90% Thinking (T) 10%
Perceiving (P) 100% Judging (J) 0%
The only thing I regret about my past is the length of it. If I had to live my life again I'd make all the same mistakes - only sooner.
I'm not an ENFP, but I'm going to answer anyway, because I find this subject most intriguing.
I have never in my life watched the news (or read newspapers, read them from the internet, listen to a radio, etc). No, I live in a complete void when it comes to news, politics and world situation and all such things. Neither do I vote.
I have ever met only one person who shares this quirk with me. He's one of my best friends, an ENTP. It's interesting to just read about other similar people here on the boards, because it seems so rare.
It's difficult to explain as to "why" I do it this way. Well, let's say this: 99,99% of news are completely irrelevant to me (and most of it to other people too, if they'd just realize it). The 0,01% of news that are actually meaningful and relevant are so important that even I hear about them through other people. So, I don't really miss the really important news.
First, it's sensationalized, negative crap. Second, it isn't usually accurate. Third, I'm too busy. Fourth, I don't give a crap half the time.
That pretty much sums it up, too.
INFJs are the kind of people who think really big, tending to philosophize about mankind in general... And worry a lot. One might think INFJs watch the news most carefully, perhaps? At least I don't. I want to avoid it all. I'm very emotional and worrying, and I save my feelings and worrying towards my surroundings and close friends... they are actually relevant to me, as opposed to someone a thousand miles away I didn't even know of. I usually do care if I hear about a miserable fate somewhere, but that's the point, I don't want to hear about them...
This "news void" is perhaps the one thing in my personality that I used to get the most criticism for. For example, my mom is usually almost ashamed that I don't ever know what's going on. I find that "knowing what's going on" to be only a social ritual of sorts. However, I do think she is slowly realizing that I don't need the news like most other people. She doesn't nag to me about it anymore (not living at hers helps too, obviously).
I'd say news are a form of entertainment... to keep us busy and give us something to talk about. I'm not saying nobody sees how it's mostly irrelevant... most people probably do see it, but they just want the entertainment. And that's okay. We all have different sources of entertainment.
I watch it when I'm bored or something I want to see has happened. I read online news while procrastinating though. And I read the newspaper while grabbing lunch or in waiting rooms, like at the doctor or dentist. There is no organised must keep up thing though, but I'm sure having lack of routine wouldn't surprise anyone.
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