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How Should You Manage Your Media Diet?

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The 24-hour news cycle has become more inundating with the rapid rise of new media and technology.

Media – which includes news, advertising, entertainment, plus digital content like mobile apps – and screens displaying that information are seemingly everywhere and fully integrated into the routine of many Americans at all ages.

From tweets to Facebook posts to viral videos, there is now more competition for a consumer's time and attention.

With the introduction of push notifications and countless apps aggregating articles, combined with what seems like constantly "breaking news," the information consumption can quickly become overwhelming.

How does media consumption impact brain development and mental health? How much is too much?

As concern rises about misinformation online, what can we do to become more media literate? 
What does a reasonable consumption of media look like in 2018?

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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.