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Consuming less NEWS improves one's health...

The media is increasingly obsessed with News. It's increasingly 'cheap' television and for most people drawn into it it is compulsive viewing.

Therein lies the problem. We are hooked on the increasingly sensational aspects of reporting events, with each channel trying desperately to invent alternative spins to outdo one another.

Let me ask a simple question. Name me one item on it that - simply because you saw/consumed it - facilitated a better decision about a serious matter affecting your life?

The reality is that what we are faced with every day does nothing but harm us. We cannot do anything about what we see and knowing about it only makes us worry unduly about that which we cannot affect - especially when they report on that which is genuinely irrelevant.

For example, that fact a bank crashes is really an irrelevance. How those responsible (the culprits) acted, does deserve investigation in order that we may all be more aware of what to look out for in our own banks - but it wasn't, we still have no real idea!

Many studies now have concluded that excessive news consumption can lead to a form of PTSD. Once removed from the source (News broadcasts) the subject recovers.

I feel we should start boycotting stations who spin the facts and demand that all media apportion as much time/space to good news as bad.

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    W. Ying

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    May 8 2013: .

    "PTSD" comes from the inadaptability of our instincts.
    Our instincts are formed 10,000 years ago.
    We did not have so much "NEWS then.
    So, we can never cope with so much "NEWS" without problems!

  • May 8 2013: When I was in college I did not read the paper. The best deal I got for graduate study came from a very good program, but I didn't know simce I didn't read the paper that the previous years student protestors blew up the Math Research center killing a graduate student. Maybe I would have been a happier student had I known that when deciding where to go for graduate work. Ignorance is not always bliss.
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    May 8 2013: Absolutely
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    May 7 2013: I disagree with your statement of how a bank crash is really an irrelevance. Maybe the recession did not affect my parents, but it is necessary to inform the public so we can make rational decisions. It would be quite awkward if a presidential candidate says, "I'll help rebuild the financial institutions of this country," and the uninformed public goes, "Wait what? What's wrong with the banks? What happened? It must not be a big deal. I think I'll vote for Jimmy McMillan because my RENT IS TOO DAMN HIGH and that is the only thing that affects me."

    However, I agree that this type of news delivery can be harmful, but I think that the people who don't like it have already switched to other news sources (I read the Economist; it's great). Sensationalism and yellow journalism have been around for quite a while since Hearst and Pulitzer. Ultimately, a lot of people like to hear about the bad news.