These days, most of the news in newspapers or TV is filled with disaster, corruption, and incompetence. The reason could be the world is more interested in reading depressing stories.
It also arouses the reader or viewer’s mind that why are reporters running behind more terrible things, depressing events or bad things rather than focusing on good things?
It is definitely not true that the world is full of bad news only. Perhaps, journalists are more inclined to report bad news because sudden disaster attracts readers or viewers more than slow improvements.
Meanwhile, the strong reason behind that is readers or viewers have trained journalists to focus on these things. Many people often say that they want to read good news, but is that actually true?
A research was conducted on people who generally look for good news every time. The experiment’s result stated that most people preferred to read the somewhat depressing stories. People often prefer news stories with a negative tone, consisting of corruption, setbacks, hypocrisy and so on- rather than natural or positive stories. People who usually look for current affairs and political news particularly choose the bad news. On average, people claim that the media focuses more on negative stories.
According to the reports, there is some proof that people respond quicker towards negative words than positive words. For example, display the words ‘cancer’, ‘bomb’ or ‘war’ up at someone, and they can hit a button in quick response that if the word is ‘baby’ or ‘smile’.
As per studies, human beings can recognise negative words faster than positive words, and even tell that a word is going to be unpleasant before we can tell exactly what the word is going to be.
So, an average human’s attraction to bad news may be more complex than just journalistic cynicism or a hunger springing from the darkness within.
Moreover, bad news gives humans a little bit of hope for humanity.