The "Master of None" star told GQ he thinks the news is too sensationalized, and no longer serves the purpose to inform the public as much as it does entertain.
"I was reading all this Trump stuff, and it doesn't feel like we're reading news for the reason we used to, which was to get a better sense of what's going on in the world and to enrich yourself by being aware," Ansari said. "It seems like we're reading wrestling rumors. It's like reading about what happened on 'Monday Night Raw.'"
"When you take a step back, it all just seems so sensationalized," he continued. "'Trump's gonna get impeached!' No, he's not. None of that sh-t's happening. But you are going to read all the articles. So if you take yourself out of it, you're not infected with this toxicity all the time. Also, guess what? Everything is fine! I'm not out of the loop on anything. Like, if something real is going down, I'll find out about it."
GQ writer Mark Anthony Green, who interviewed Ansari in Paris during Fashion Week, said that by cutting himself off to the news he's choosing to be uninformed. But Ansari simply replied, "I'm not choosing ignorance. I'm choosing to not watch wrestling."
Aside from just being cut off from Trump news, Ansari also noted that he has completely removed all social media and internet from his phone, he doesn't check his email or read any sort of news either.
"Whenever you check for a new post on Instagram or whenever you go on The New York Times to see if there's a new thing, it's not even about the content," Ansari said. "It's just about seeing a new thing. You get addicted to that feeling. You're not going to be able to control yourself. So the only way to fight that is to take yourself out of the equation and remove all these things. What happens is, eventually you forget about it. You don't care anymore."
Of course, cutting himself off wasn't easy, but Ansari said he realized how necessary it was for him to just think about what was going on in his own head, rather than the world around him.
"When I first took the browser off my phone, I'm like, '[gasp] How am I gonna look stuff up?' But most of the sh-t you look up, it's not stuff you need to know. All those websites you read while you're in a cab, you don't need to look at any of that stuff," he said. "It's better to just sit and be in your own head for a minute."
"I wanted to stop that thing where I get home and look at websites for an hour and a half, checking to see if there's a new thing. And read a book instead," he added. "I've been doing it for a couple months and it's worked. I'm reading, like, three books right now. I'm putting something in my mind. It feels so much better than just reading the Internet and not remembering anything."