For many years I was a strong believer in the importance and benefits of keeping up to date with the latest business, economic, news and current affairs. I regularly listened to news programmes and spent at least a little time reading a newspaper on most days. This has served me well (in my opinion) because it gave me a real world knowledge of business and helped me to stay abreast of trends and developments that affect business. However, in recent months I've been reading a lot less newspapers and have often gone as far as to avoid the news. It just seems too negative and depressing. We had the great news story of the traditional miners this week, but most news of late (in Ireland anyway), is bad news about the recession and job losses etc. I feel that I've heard just about enough of the government bailing out corrupt bankers and of the economic woes being experienced by and throughout the country. We've had even worse news stories that just ran and ran, stories on everything from huge problems in the health service to horrible church child abuse scandals. On the one hand I'm glad not to be listening to as much bad news, on the other hand I'm concerned that I'm losing out by not keeping abreast of the latest business and economic news. So, what about you? Do you listen to the news? Do you ever find it negative and depressing?