My parents watch the news, which would drive me bonkers. That stuff is even more emotional and rage-inducing than written news, and on purpose. I'm always telling them to turn Fox off, as it's only manufactured to upset them, but they don't care. They come from a generation where your news came from the TV. I can't say that I read any papers other than our local one, at least in physical form, but I do read quite a few news outlets online and it still gets rather depressing.
When people mention going on news fasts, I feel a little guilty even thinking about it. Stop being aware and politically active? There are plenty of people who don't have the luxury of ignoring what's going on, after all. That said, how much does my Tweeting senators and mailing letters really help in the grand scheme of things? If I were to ignore the news for a week, would it really make that much of a difference? To the world, probably not, but to my own mental health? Absolutely. And that's why I try to do it whenever I can. I haven't yet managed a week, but I can go a few days without the Internet (gasp!) and those are always the most peaceful days of my month.
Do you do news fasts or tech fasts? How do they make you feel?