As we're bombarded by death on the regular, the risk of throwing in the towel is at critical mass

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From social media to pop culture and beyond, it's wearing us thin. I bet you're feeling the heat. But that's no reason to get out of the kitchen.

We are exposed to such a large volume of information, says psychologist Jocelyn Brewer. We're "infobese".

So we look at the news, we feel momentary anger, react with an emoji or perhaps shed some tears on our commute, but, ultimately, we move on. With each news article, we're growing more and more tired of being fired up. For no one person, no matter how woke, can maintain an indefinite sense of outrage.

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