Hello everyone!! Election year 2016 has not only taken over the TV it is effecting families. A line in the sand has been drawn and Americans are picking sides. Sound familiar?
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It’s nearly impossible to turn on the TV, open up a web browser, or scroll through Twitter without being assaulted with notifications of a new world disaster (or two, or three…). Thanks to the 24-hour news cycle, alerts of shootings, plane crashes, ISIS beheadings, crime, war and human rights violations are constant — and this incessant news of violence and destruction may be messing with our heads.
The world isn’t falling apart, but it can sure feel like it. The news can be violent, depressing and emotionally-charged.
According to some psychologists, exposure to negative and violent media may have serious and long-lasting psychological effects beyond simple feelings of pessimism or disapproval.
Some research has even suggested that viewing traumatic images in the media can cause PTSD-like symptoms. A 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. Severity of symptoms, interestingly, was directly correlated with the amount of time the subjects spent watching television.
Researchers have noted that over time, exposure to graphic violence can cause a process of either sensitization, in which the individuals becomes more sensitive to emotional distress upon viewing the images, or desensitization — a sort of numbing process in which individuals become habituated to what they see — to occur. This numbing effect, which causes the brain to exhibit less of an emotional response to disturbing stimuli, has been observed in those who have been repeatedly exposed to violent video games.
What’s clear from this research is that more positive news is needed to outweigh the violence and destruction we’re exposed to every day.
TV interview’s need to be more like this: