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Is Watching the News Bad for You?

So, is watching the news bad for you? In this day and age, we have effortless access to news and current events. Unfortunately, however, the fact that there is so much news out there may have a negative impact on your lives.   

You’re constantly bombarded with stories of war and famine at home or abroad, economic turbulence that threatens our jobs or investments, political upheavals that could shape your children’s futures (or at least the next four years), and gossip about celebrities who you’re supposed to care about but really don’t. All this stress—not to mention a fair amount of highly entertaining drivel—can put you in a bad mood without us even realizing it. Read on to find out more.   

The News Makes Us Feel Like We Have No Control Over Our Lives  

Frequent viewing of the news is associated with increased feelings of helplessness and powerlessness, which in turn can lead to depression and anxiety.   

Many studies show that excessive use of social media negatively affects mental health, including feelings of isolation, loneliness, depression and low self-esteem.   

The more you watch the news and read about politics online, the more likely you will become depressed or anxious because they make you feel powerless in terms of influencing your future.  

Being Aware Of What’s Going On In The World Is Important, But Immediate News Cycle Doesn’t Leave Room To Process What’s Happening In A Healthy Way.  

The news is not all bad, of course. It’s essential to stay informed about what’s going on in the world to be better prepared and make informed decisions.   

But it’s also important to find a source that doesn’t sensationalize or over-dramatize events out of context or present them in a way that doesn’t allow you to process what you see healthily.   

Unfortunately, watching mainstream news broadcasts means being inundated with negative stories—a constant stream of death and disaster punctuated by brief intervals where anchors talk about the economy, sports scores, weather forecasts and celebrity gossip.  

If this sounds like your experience watching television news shows—and if so, it could be because these programs tend to focus on negativity and drama rather than positivity—it might be time for you to watch something different!  

Consider ways to incorporate current events into your daily life in a healthy way.  

It is recommended that if you find yourself needing more information than usual, then try reading articles online instead of watching television because this will give you more control over what type of stories you want to read about rather than being forced into viewing something just because someone else chose those particular headlines as being most important during their broadcast segment tonight!  

Final Notes  

We hope that our findings have given you a glimpse into how watching the news can be detrimental to your health. It is up to you to decide what suits you best as an individual and how much coverage from global events makes sense for your life.  

If you are looking for ways to stay tuned about current events without absorbing too much negativity, we recommend checking out podcasts or simply reading articles on topics that interest you. It’s all about staying informed and remembering not to take on too much at once!

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