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Signs You're a News Junkie

26 Signs You're Addicted to the News

It can be difficult to admit that you're a news junkie. Don't fret, sometimes I even have trouble admitting it to myself. In case you're not sure if this label applies to you, here are some telltale signs.

  1. The first thing you do in the morning is check Twitter.
  2. You know that Twitter is a better resource for breaking news than most outlets.
  3. Your friends ask you for a rundown of what's going on in the world.
  4. You have at least 15 news sites bookmarked.
  5. It's not true unless the Associated Press says so.
  6. You've almost forgotten what a real newspaper feels like.
  7. Your internet homepage is your favorite news website.
  8. You have all the cable news channels memorized.
  9. You follow all your favorite journalists on Twitter obsessively.
  10. You're constantly refreshing your timeline for new updates on breaking stories.
  11. You use Twitter's search function to find out anything and everything that's going on.
  12. You'll watch your least favorite news channel, just to hear their opinion.
  13. You have quite the trove of random facts stored in your brain.
  14. You subscribe to more than one morning/evening digest email from news sites.
  15. You know the difference between clickbait and a substantive story.
  16. You can't stand when people get the facts of a story wrong.
  17. You correct people when they get the facts of a story wrong.
  18. You have breaking news updates set up on your phone.
  19. Those push notification news updates give you a jolt of intrigue.
  20. You want to talk current events at dinner parties, even though it might not be perfect etiquette.
  21. You form an opinion on most topics.
  22. Docu-series and documentaries are your favorite shows and movies to watch.
  23. You know how to assess the reliability of a story.
  24. You feel like you're missing out if you don't know what's going on.
  25. You listen to news podcasts in your free time.
  26. You can name at least five NPR hosts.
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