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SA POSITIVE NEWSOn a daily basis, people are bombarded with depressive news stories. Reports on world disasters, terrorism, crime, plane crashes, economic downturn, etc can leave one with fear, hopelessness, and helplessness. News, in general, can be violent, depressing and emotionally draining. Some people have gone as far as avoiding the news completely because all they hear about or see is negativity – how bad things are and how bad they will be.
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. 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).
According to Davey, negative news can significantly change an individual’s mood — especially if there is a tendency in the news broadcasts to emphasize suffering and also the emotional components of the story, and in particular negative news can affect your own personal worries. Viewing negative news means that you’re likely to see your own personal worries as more threatening and severe, and when you do start worrying about them, you’re more likely to find your worry difficult to control and more distressing than it would normally be.
SA Positive News is aware of the unfortunate painful and distressing incidents taking place but chooses a different approach to news to cater for those who are looking for positivity in life.