Now that I'm forced to be more in the moment, I have no choice but to plan for the future. The shift in focus seems like it is helping my be more cool headed. To be fair, I've often caught myself thinking of quotes from Marcus Aurelius's Meditations, which might double the effect. There is something to be said about not being drawn in by other people's (random facebook people all over the world) drama, as it frees up more emotional bandwidth for the people in my life.
While I'm not entirely certain, I wonder if these positive effects are a result of a dopamine fast. Perhaps, we are just not ready to have that much stimuli being thrown at us at the touch of our fingertips. Fact, fiction, and half-truths all blend together. People's opinions often obfuscate the nature of any news, as it is neigh on impossible to be unbiased in anything sociopolitical. It goes beyond just fake news, it's more about people convincing you to deeply invest into issues you have no control over. I'm part of a dog owner group on facebook that was designed to share pics of dogs doing funny things. Pretty much everyday I would see some horrific picture of dogs getting killed. I have no control over how other countries choose to write law anymore than how each individual will interpret it. I have control over what media I consume, and thereby, my reaction to it.
Having fasted for about 2.5 weeks now, I noticed I far more calm and aware of what I have control over. As my good friend Marcus would have said, don't put any thoughts into things you have no control over. Do everything you can that is within your power, but don't sweat what you can't control.