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Welcome to the "Modern News Obsession" Article Exercise! In this activity, based on the text, "Modern News Obsession", you will practice using the correct English articles "a", "an", and "the". Articles are essential determiners that help specify the nouns they precede. Understanding how to use them correctly can greatly improve your English fluency. By completing this exercise, you will improve your skills in identifying the appropriate article to use in different contexts and become more comfortable with this important aspect of English grammar. You can also create a worksheet that has the articles removed from the "Modern News Obsession" text for private use or use in the classroom. So, what are you waiting for? Dive into this "Modern News Obsession" Articles Exercise and take your language learning to the next level!

The modern obsession with news, fuelled by smartphones, social media, and 24-hour news channels, can have detrimental effects on our mental health. While humans are naturally drawn to new information due to its historic importance for survival, the overwhelming influx of information in today's world can lead to anxiety and helplessness. Most news we consume lacks direct relevance to our lives, often distorting our perception of reality and exacerbating our fears. To counteract these negative effects, it is essential to set boundaries on news consumption, curate reliable sources, focus on local news, practice mindfulness, and foster positive connections in our lives. By doing so, we can develop a healthier relationship with news consumption and improve our overall well-being.

The Modern News Obsession: Detrimental Effects on Mental Health and How to Counteract Them


In today's fast-paced, information-driven world, news is more accessible than ever before. With smartphones, social media, and 24-hour news channels, we are constantly bombarded with a deluge of headlines and breaking stories. While staying informed about current events is important, this obsession with news can have detrimental effects on our mental health. This article will explore the history of news, why humans are obsessed with it, how most news has little effect on our lives, and ways to lessen the negative impacts of news consumption.

The History of News

The concept of news dates back thousands of years, with early societies sharing information through word of mouth and written messages. As civilizations developed, news became more organized, with town criers announcing events and newspapers emerging in the 17th century. The invention of the telegraph in the 19th century and radio and television broadcasts in the 20th century further revolutionized the way people received news. With the advent of the internet and social media in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, news has become more ubiquitous than ever before.

The Human Obsession with News

Humans are hardwired to seek out new information. In prehistoric times, this instinct helped us to survive, as being informed about our surroundings and potential dangers allowed us to adapt and make informed decisions. Our brains are particularly drawn to novel and emotionally charged events, which is why sensational headlines and shocking news stories often grab our attention.

However, the modern world has transformed this instinct into an insatiable hunger for news, fuelled by the constant stream of updates and alerts. Our brains have not yet adapted to this overwhelming influx of information, which can lead to feelings of anxiety and helplessness.

The Irrelevance of Most News

Ironically, the vast majority of news we consume has little to no direct impact on our lives. Global events and sensationalized stories may be intriguing, but they often lack relevance to our day-to-day experiences. This constant exposure to negative and irrelevant news can create a distorted view of reality, magnify our fears, and contribute to feelings of anxiety and depression.

Lessening the Negative Impacts of News Consumption

To counteract the detrimental effects of our modern news obsession, consider the following strategies:

Limit exposure: Set boundaries on the amount of time spent consuming news each day. Allocate specific times for news consumption and stick to them.

Curate your sources: Be selective about the news sources you follow, and opt for reputable outlets that prioritize accurate, balanced reporting over sensationalism.

Focus on local news: Pay more attention to local news and events that directly impact your community. This can help you feel more connected and empowered to make a difference.

Practice mindfulness: Engage in mindfulness techniques, such as meditation and deep breathing exercises, to help manage stress and anxiety associated with news consumption.

Foster positive connections: Surround yourself with positive influences and engage in activities that promote well-being, such as exercise, hobbies, and spending time with loved ones.


While it is essential to stay informed about current events, our modern obsession with news can have negative consequences on our mental health. By understanding the history of news, recognizing its impact on our lives, and implementing strategies to lessen these effects, we can cultivate a healthier relationship with news consumption and ultimately improve our overall well-being.

/ ðə ˈmɒd.n̩ njuːz əb.ˈseʃ.n̩ / ˌde.trɪ.ˈ̩ ɪ.ˈfekts ɒn ˈ̩ helθ ənd ˈhaʊ tə ˌkaʊn.tə.ˈrækt ðəm /

/ ˌɪn.trə.ˈdʌk.ʃn̩ /

/ ɪn tə.ˈdeɪz fɑːst peɪst / ˌɪn.fə.ˈmeɪʃ.n̩ ˈdrɪv.n̩ wɜːld / njuːz ɪz mɔːr ək.ˈse.səb.l̩ ðən ˈev.ə bɪ.ˈfɔː / wɪð smɑːt.fəʊnz / ˈsəʊʃ.l̩ ˈmiː.dɪə / ənd ˈtwen.ti fɔːr ˈaʊ.ə njuːz ˈtʃæn.l̩z / wi ə ˈkɒn.stə bɒm.ˈbɑː.dɪd wɪð ə ˈde.ljuːdʒ əv ˈhed.laɪnz ənd ˈbreɪkɪŋ ˈstɔː.rɪz / waɪl ˈsteɪ.ɪŋ ɪn.ˈfɔːmd ə.ˈbaʊt ˈkʌ.rənt ɪ.ˈvents ɪz ɪm.ˈpɔːtnt / ðɪs əb.ˈseʃ.n̩ wɪð njuːz kən həv ˌde.trɪ.ˈ̩ ɪ.ˈfekts ɒn ˈaʊə ˈ̩ helθ / ðɪs ˈɑː.tɪk.l̩ wl̩ ɪk.ˈsplɔː ðə ˈhɪ.str̩i əv njuːz / waɪ ˈhjuː.mənz ər əb.ˈsest wɪð ˈɪt / ˈhaʊ məʊst njuːz həz ˈlɪt.l̩ ɪ.ˈfekt ɒn ˈaʊə laɪvz / ənd ˈweɪz tə ˈles.n̩ ðə ˈne.ɡə.tɪv ɪm.ˈpækts əv njuːz kən.ˈsʌmp.ʃn̩ /

/ ðə ˈhɪ.str̩i əv njuːz /

/ ðə ˈkɒn.sept əv njuːz deɪts ˈbæk ˈθaʊz.n̩dz əv ˈjiəz / wɪð ˈɜː.li sə.ˈsaɪə.tɪz ˈʃeər.ɪŋ ˌɪn.fə.ˈmeɪʃ.n̩ θruː ˈwɜːd əv maʊθ ənd ˈrɪt.n̩ ˈme.sɪ.dʒɪz / əz ˌsɪ.vɪ.laɪ.ˈzeɪʃ.n̩z dɪ.ˈve.ləpt / njuːz bɪˈk.eɪm mɔːr ˈɔː.ɡə.naɪzd / wɪð taʊn ˈkraɪəz ə.ˈnaʊns.ɪŋ ɪ.ˈvents ənd ˈnjuː.speɪ.pəz ɪ.ˈmɜːdʒ.ɪŋ ɪn ðə ˌsevn.ˈtiːnθ ˈsen.tʃə.ri / ði ɪn.ˈven.ʃn̩ əv ðə ˈte.lɪ.ɡrɑːf ɪn ðə ˌnaɪn.ˈtiːnθ ˈsen.tʃə.ri ənd ˈreɪ.dɪəʊ ənd ˈtel.ɪ.ˌvɪʒ.n̩ ˈbrɔːdk.ɑːsts ɪn ðə ˈtwen.tɪəθ ˈsen.tʃə.ri ˈfɜː.ðə ˌre.və.ˈluː.ʃə.naɪzd ðə ˈweɪ ˈpiːp.l̩ rɪ.ˈsiːvd njuːz / wɪð ði ˈæd.vent əv ði ˈɪn.tə.net ənd ˈsəʊʃ.l̩ ˈmiː.dɪər ɪn ðə leɪt ˈtwen.tɪəθ ənd ˈɜː.li ˈtwen.ti ˈfɜːst ˈsen.tʃə.rɪz / njuːz həz bɪˈkʌm mɔː juː.ˈbɪ.kwɪ.təs ðən ˈev.ə bɪ.ˈfɔː /

/ ðə ˈhjuː.mən əb.ˈseʃ.n̩ wɪð njuːz /

/ ˈhjuː.mənz ə hɑːd.ˈwaɪəd tə siːk ˈaʊt njuː ˌɪn.fə.ˈmeɪʃ.n̩ / ɪn ˌpriː.hɪ.ˈstɒ.rɪk ˈtaɪmz / ðɪs ˌɪn.ˈstɪŋkt helpt əz tə sə.ˈvaɪv / əz ˈbiːɪŋ ɪn.ˈfɔːmd ə.ˈbaʊt ˈaʊə sə.ˈraʊn.dɪŋz ənd pə.ˈten.ʃl̩ ˈdeɪn.dʒəz ə.ˈlaʊd əz tu ə.ˈdæpt ənd ˈmeɪk ɪn.ˈfɔːmd dɪ.ˈsɪʒ.n̩z / ˈaʊə breɪnz ə pə.ˈtɪ.kjʊ.lə.li drɔːn tə ˈnɒv.l̩ ənd ɪ.ˈməʊ.ʃə.nə.li tʃɑːdʒd ɪ.ˈvents / wɪtʃ ɪz waɪ sɪn.ˈseɪʃ.n̩əl ˈhed.laɪnz ənd ˈʃɒkɪŋ njuːz ˈstɔː.rɪz ˈɒf.n̩ ɡræb ˈaʊər ə.ˈten.ʃn̩ /

/ haʊ.ˈe.və / ðə ˈmɒd.n̩ wɜːld həz træns.ˈfɔːmd ðɪs ˌɪn.ˈstɪŋkt ˈɪn.tə ən ɪn.ˈseɪ.ʃəb.l̩ ˈhʌŋ.ɡə fə njuːz / ˈfjuːəld baɪ ðə ˈkɒn.stənt striːm əv ˌʌp.ˈdeɪts ənd ə.ˈlɜːts / ˈaʊə breɪnz həv nɒt jet ə.ˈdæp.tɪd tə ðɪs ˌəʊv.ə.ˈwelm.ɪŋ ˈɪn.flʌks əv ˌɪn.fə.ˈmeɪʃ.n̩ / wɪtʃ kən liːd tə ˈfiː.lɪŋz əv æŋ.ˈzaɪə.ti ənd ˈhel.plə.snəs /

/ ði ɪ.ˈre.lə.vəns əv məʊst njuːz /

/ aɪ.ˈrɒ.nɪk.l̩i / ðə vɑːst mə.ˈdʒɒ.rɪ.ti əv njuːz wi kən.ˈsjuːm həz ˈlɪt.l̩ tə nəʊ dɪ.ˈrekt ɪm.ˈpækt ɒn ˈaʊə laɪvz / ˈɡləʊb.l̩ ɪ.ˈvents ənd sen.ˌse.ʃə.nə.ˈlaɪzd ˈstɔː.rɪz meɪ bi ɪn.ˈtriː.ɡɪŋ / bət ˈðeɪ ˈɒf.n̩ læk ˈre.lə.vəns tu ˈaʊə ˈdeɪ.tə.ˈdeɪ ɪk.ˈspɪə.rɪən.sɪz / ðɪs ˈkɒn.stənt ɪk.ˈspəʊ.ʒə tə ˈne.ɡə.tɪv ənd ɪ.ˈre.lə.vənt njuːz kən kriː.ˈeɪt ə dɪ.ˈstɔː.tɪd vjuː əv rɪ.ˈæ.lɪ.ti / ˈmæɡ.nɪ.faɪ ˈaʊə fɪəz / ənd kən.ˈtrɪ.bjuːt tə ˈfiː.lɪŋz əv æŋ.ˈzaɪə.ti ənd dɪ.ˈpreʃ.n̩ / 

/ ˈles.n̩.ɪŋ ðə ˈne.ɡə.tɪv ɪm.ˈpækts əv njuːz kən.ˈsʌmp.ʃn̩ /

/ tə ˌkaʊn.tə.ˈrækt ðə ˌde.trɪ.ˈ̩ ɪ.ˈfekts əv ˈaʊə ˈmɒd.n̩ njuːz əb.ˈseʃ.n̩ / kən.ˈsɪ.də ðə ˈfɒ.ləʊɪŋ ˈstræ.tə.dʒɪz /

/ ˈlɪ.mɪt ɪk.ˈspəʊ.ʒə / set ˈbaʊn.drɪz ɒn ði ə.ˈmaʊnt əv ˈtaɪm spent kən.ˈsjuːm.ɪŋ njuːz iːtʃ ˈdeɪ / ˈæ.lək.eɪt spə.ˈsɪ.fɪk ˈtaɪmz fə njuːz kən.ˈsʌmp.ʃn̩ ənd stɪk tə ðəm /

/ ˈkjʊə.rət jə ˈsɔː.sɪz / bi sɪ.ˈlek.tɪv ə.ˈbaʊt ðə njuːz ˈsɔː.sɪz ju ˈfɒ.ləʊ / ənd ɒpt fə ˈre.pjʊ.təb.l̩ ˈaʊt.lets ðət praˈjɔːə.ˌtaɪz ˈæ.kjə.rət / ˈbæ.lənst rɪ.ˈpɔːt.ɪŋ ˈəʊv.ə sɪn.ˈseɪ.ʃə.nə.lɪ.zəm /

/ ˈfəʊkəs ɒn ˈləʊk.l̩ njuːz / peɪ mɔːr ə.ˈten.ʃn̩ tə ˈləʊk.l̩ njuːz ənd ɪ.ˈvents ðət dɪ.ˈ ɪm.ˈpækt jə kə.ˈmjuː.nɪ.ti / ðɪs kən help ju fiːl mɔː kə.ˈnek.tɪd ənd ɪm.ˈpaʊəd tə ˈmeɪk ə ˈdɪ.frəns /

/ ˈpræk.tɪs ˈmaɪndfl.nəs / ɪn.ˈɡeɪdʒ ɪn ˈmaɪndfl.nəs tek.ˈniːks / sʌtʃ əz ˌme.dɪ.ˈteɪʃ.n̩ ənd diːp ˈbriː.ðɪŋ ˈek.sə.saɪ.zɪz / tə help ˈmæ.nɪdʒ stres ənd æŋ.ˈzaɪə.ti ə.ˈsəʊ.ʃieɪ.tɪd wɪð njuːz kən.ˈsʌmp.ʃn̩ /

/ ˈfɒ.stə ˈpɒ.zə.tɪv kə.ˈnek.ʃn̩z / sə.ˈraʊnd jɔː.ˈself wɪð ˈpɒ.zə.tɪv ˈɪn.flʊən.sɪz ənd ɪn.ˈɡeɪdʒ ɪn æk.ˈtɪ.və.tiz ðət prə.ˈməʊt wel ˈbiːɪŋ / sʌtʃ əz ˈek.sə.saɪz / ˈhɒ.bɪz / ənd ˈspend.ɪŋ ˈtaɪm wɪð ˈlʌvd wʌnz /

/ kən.ˈkluːʒ.n̩ /

/ waɪl ˈɪt s ɪ.ˈsen.ʃl̩ tə steɪ ɪn.ˈfɔːmd ə.ˈbaʊt ˈkʌ.rənt ɪ.ˈvents / ˈaʊə ˈmɒd.n̩ əb.ˈseʃ.n̩ wɪð njuːz kən həv ˈne.ɡə.tɪv ˈkɒn.sɪ.kwən.sɪz ɒn ˈaʊə ˈ̩ helθ / baɪ ˌʌn.də.ˈstænd.ɪŋ ðə ˈhɪ.str̩i əv njuːz / ˈrek.əɡ.naɪz.ɪŋ ɪts ɪm.ˈpækt ɒn ˈaʊə laɪvz / ənd ˈɪm.plɪ.ment.ɪŋ ˈstræ.tə.dʒɪz tə ˈles.n̩ ðiːz ɪ.ˈfekts / wi kən ˈkʌl.tɪ.veɪt ə ˈhel.θɪə rɪ.ˈleɪʃn.ʃɪp wɪð njuːz kən.ˈsʌmp.ʃn̩ ənd ˈʌl.tɪ.mə ɪm.ˈpruːv ˈaʊər ˌəʊv.ə.ˈrɔːl wel ˈbiːɪŋ /

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