I skim-read the news, 90+% just headlines, for an hour a day, if not more. I do like to stay informed, so I feel it's not entirely wasted effort, but most days, I'm caught up within 10 minutes, and after that, it's basically just apocalypse FOMO (is that a 'thing'? It should be).
Lately, as an alternative, I've started paging my way back thru the xkcd archives.
What else would you recommend, low-effort, distracting, not horrible?