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Study found that who avoids the news do it in part because they anticipate news will make them anxious without being relevant to their lives, resulting in limited engagement with news, and by extension, civic and political affairs

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it would be easier if news outlets didn't tacitly encourage doomscrolling

I know some people don't believe that but I am 100% convinced the news is out to scare you because scared people tune in

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This is a well documented fact. Clicks keep their payrolls going.

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When I was a child I had the opportunity to go on a field trip to one of our local news stations. A few anchors were talking to us about their job, and one of them casually said (paraphrased) "During the early part of each broadcast, we tease the more interesting story and tell the audience that the coverage is coming on soon. That way, we can keep people watching the whole broadcast because they're waiting for the interesting story."

My naive kid brain was shocked, as I had never even considered that they would do something like that to "trick" people into watching longer. That one comment made a huge impression on me, and I recognized how well that tactic worked on my dad when he watched TV every day. I think it was extremely educational, and primed me to later understand clickbait and how media often manipulates us to drive engagement.

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Thanks capitalism for bringing us private news networks which only look after what sells, and not actually report news

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The queen news cycle comes to mind. just hours upon hours of this monarch hag

she's dead, it was very tragic great can you stop interrupting my shows now?

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They sell unfounded fear. Being a trans person in a red state means I don't really get the luxury of tuning the news out, and most of the fear peddled is based on lies or bad statistics. The shit we should be actually fearing, i.e. rise of fascism and climate emergency and the state throwing us into a recession on purpose, are things they minimize and avoid mostly.

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There’s a difference between being informed on the events of the world, versus consuming political media news entertainment, designed specifically to confirm your biases and generate anxiety, usually through the fear of victimization by the hands of an opposing political group.

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I'm old enough to remember pre-CNN news coverage. My grandfather read the paper in the morning (local news) and watched the local tv news and national news in the afternoon.

First, most of it was local and they balanced it out. The newspaper had some hard news, soft news, and one page for opinion pieces. The TV news back then had the headlines and always a few fluff pieces and then the weather.

At most he spent an hour and a half a day consuming news and at least half of that time it was very relevant to his life.

After cable news became a thing it was just a wall of national content designed to keep the watcher watching, not necessarily to inform.

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Not only this, but it's not something we evolved to take in. It's a firehose of negativity about millions upon millions of people, and that is not at all what our brains evolved with. It's not natural for any human being to take in that much. It's important to be informed, but there is a point where news is no longer informative and is instead just a firehose of negativity that ruins your ability to think and think peacefully. And when you reach this point, you aren't really able to help yourself or others. It does nothing but hurt you.

It's a balance that increased technology and global connectivity make necessary. We can't know everything about everyone all the time or we'll lose the ability to function properly ourselves.

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Exactly. Corporate news, which comes into your home free of charge, like junk mail, is designed to be sensationalist and emotionally manipulative.

It is not designed to inform or educate, which is why they lie and lie by omission.

Avoiding this manipulation is psychologically healthy

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I get it honestly. Smart ppl tell you that they watch the news but still use their own informed decisions on what to take from it. But for me I feel like it’s just getting harder and harder to do when it’s in your face everyday. Like it takes a mental toll to have to decipher what it is that’s really being said. And that’s exhausting. So I understand why ppl just avoid it altogether

It would be a lot simpler to me if it was just a mono tone AI stating nothing but the known facts

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As I was on the treadmill today, the gym had a slew of new entertainment going and it really highlighted how blatantly obvious it is these shows are designed not to inform but to sway opinions and keep people entrenched in what “their party” wants them to.

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