Why are newspapers and TV broadcasts filled with disaster, corruption and incompetence? It may be because we are drawn to depressing stories without realizing and our negative brain is more sensitive than our positive triggers, says psychologist.
When you read the news, sometimes it can feel like the only things reported are shocking, depressing events. Why do the media focus on the bad things in life, rather than the good? And what might this discouraging slant say about us, the audience?
Participants often preferred stories with a negative tone corruption, set-backs, hypocrisy and so on rather than neutral or positive stories. People who were more excited about current affairs and politics were particularly likely to choose the bad news.
Why media focuses on negative stories? People look more at negative aspects rather than positive aspects. It gives news companies more money but, give us negative opinions about the world, people and many other important things.
No nation can grow our progress when its people look more at negative aspects rather than positive aspects. No freedom can survive when its press highlights negativity. Unfortunately, Indian press highlights more of negative news than the positive news resulting in readers focusing on negative aspects and developing negative thinking.