I do not know how many of you may have Facebook but there are a couple of things I notice. One of those things is you can not read the news and still get the news! The second part is the news that is shared, comes from your “friends”.
So, the place that on many levels ought to be “safe” may not be at all.
Negative news does not only divide friendships, but it also creates stress. I may know the world is not falling apart, but it is hard to tell from the news that is filled with violence, often depressing and emotionally charged.
Because there is something about people that a natural negativity bias. Add in the competitiveness in the world of media and you have a formula for anxiety, worry and stress.Many in the world of psychology believe that constant exposure to violence causes more problems than a simple sadness. The work of British psychologist Dr. Graham Davey, who specializes in the psychological effects of media violence, suggests that violent media exposure can exacerbate or contribute to the development of stress, anxiety, depression and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). (I can only imagine what happens to children.)
Some research has even suggested that viewing traumatic images in the media can cause PTSD-like symptoms. A 2001 study found that watching the events of 9/11 on television was enough to trigger PTSD symptoms €” such as worrying about future terrorist attacks and reduced self-confidence €” in some viewers.
There had to be an answer.
Sean Dagan Wood said in a recent TED talk, €œA more positive form of journalism will not only benefit our well-being; it will engage us in society, and it will help catalyze potential solutions to the problems that we face.€
And here we are. We need a change.
Jodie Jackson wrote this poem.
€œSo what we’re asking for, as I said before, is rigorous journalism reporting on progress, reporting on problems, but not ignoring success. It may sound idealistic, it’s been labelled naive, but let me assure you this is not an ignorant plea€.
For us here, I know we can part of the change. A piece of the solution.
There will always be bad news. And reported well, we may see a difference.
But there is also the need to open our eyes to the good news and not just gloss over it, but actually, present it and bring positivity to our world.