The world isn’t getting any better or worse, but our access to information is getting better

Speaking at annual marketing conference Postback, futurist Ray Kurzweil said it’s not that the world is getting any worse, it’s that our access to news and information is much better than it used to be: “People think the world’s getting worse, and we see that on the left and the right, and we see that in other countries. People think the world is getting worse. … What’s actually happening is our information about what’s wrong in the world is getting better. A century ago, there would be a battle that wiped out the next village, you’d never even hear about it. Now there’s an incident halfway around the globe and we not only hear about it, we experience it.”

+ How to manage your news intake when it seems like the terrible news won’t stop: Be aware of how many push notifications you’re receiving, think about turning off video autoplay on social media, and be intentional about consuming news outside of social media (NPR)