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The Psychology of Negative News

May 23, 2022 - 2 MINUTE READ

The way we receive our news today has changed dramatically over the last 20 years. Technology has allowed news outlets to get ahold of us 24/7/365. Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter all know this and target ads based on what you watch and read. What many of us do not realize is, the impact of negative news on our mental health.

 

The digital age has changed the way we get our news, alerts on our mobile phones keep us connected with the world regardless of what we’re doing. Unfortunately, this means we cannot switch off the news and simply forget about it. The latest trend media outlets have gone to is generating fear and anxiety based on Doomsday scenarios. Think of hurricane season here in Florida and how the news sensualizes every storm that forms out in the water. They know the probability of a major storm hitting us is low but continue to push the worse case narrative.

 

Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the impact of negative news but it’s easy to get trapped in the moment while catching up on the day’s news. The current state of the world today has lots going on with wars, inflation, and politics just to name a few. It’s important as humans to stay in touch with what is going on in the world but it’s even more crucial to be able to stay grounded and not let the negativity affect our outlook.

Sources:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/why-we-worry/202009/the-psychological-impact-negative-news

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