Negative reports affect news watchers

Nicole Felici, Copy Editor

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The news: a platform that has brought people information for nearly as long as humans have been able to communicate. With the creation of long-distance communication, information has been able to travel faster than ever. Today, news from all across the world is brought to people in a mere matter of seconds.

With that said, it is not unknown knowledge that crises displayed on the news are getting more and more frequent in today’s world. It seems that every time people decide to watch a broadcast, there’s been another natural disaster or terrorist attack.

While this world has never been perfect, the increase of crises in recent years have become a large fraction of the events displayed on the news.
Kate Gitman describes the increasingly large proportion of unfortunate events broadcasted on the news in her article “7 Reasons I Don’t Watch the News Anymore.”

“About 90 percent of information had a negative message,” said Gitman.

Of course, the purpose of news stations is to keep the people informed with correct information about the world’s current events. The news cannot put on rose-colored glasses and pretend all is well.

A news station’s duty is to report exactly what is happening, nothing more and nothing less. However, as these reports have become increasingly more about terrible events, people begin to lose the need to stay informed.

But why would people want to be uninformed about such circumstances? The main problem is one not-so-simple emotion: fear. When people see all the horrible things plaguing this world, terrible “what ifs” start to invade their minds.

The article, “‘Headline Stress Disorder’: How To Cope With the Anxiety Caused By the 24/7 News Cycle,” by Nicole Spector informs readers about the fearful emotions caused by negative news reports.

“‘Being tuned in to the 24 hour news cycle may fuel a lot of negative feelings like anxiety, sadness and hopelessness,’ says Dr. Jana Scrivani, a clinical psychologist,” said the article by Spector.

All things considered, when bad things are happening, it is the media’s job to inform people about it, even if it causes some to turn away from the news.

People do this as a result of the crippling fear that can come with viewing such terrible reports. Unfortunately, when people become null to the news, they become ignorant of what is happening in their own world.