You need to get out more: being addicted to negative news can consume you
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You need to get out more: being addicted to negative news can consume you

Dr. Marijn Lijffijt
Dr. Marijn Lijffijt

In 10 seconds. A study published in Health Communication reported that people with addiction-like obsessions about and compulsive consumption of negative news stories, report severe stress and anxiety, as well as pain, fatigue, and stomach and concentration problems.

What’s the story? Hmm, this time the story is the story. More precisely an unhealthy diet of negative news. Almost half of US adults actively read or listen to the news five to seven days weekly. Humans process negative stories with more attention than positive stories (this is the so-called “negative bias”). At least one study reported that negative news stories trigger a stress response measured as an increase in skin conductance and make controlling fear and sadness more difficult (measured as an increase in heart rate variability).

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