Is it ever ok to take a break from your outrage and the 24-hour news cycle? We all should hope so. Yet taking this kind of break is leading to a widespread side effect: guilt. That time you spend watching The Bachelor or staying home from the latest angry protest march is time where you’re not impacting the world. In this well argued article, Washington Post writer Emily Yahr argues that we need this escape from media in order to maintain our perspective. “Media escapism” may be the only way to maintain your sanity.

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