Have you ever noticed how it’s only BAD news that gets the ratings? And the bad news is SO depressing! Missing Malaysia flight 370, Putin in Crimea, the Pistorius murder trial – and that isn’t even the worst of the crappy news.
Bad News Is Everywhere – and It Worsens Depression
Bad news is impossible to avoid. The news is everywhere: TV, radio, live streaming at bus stations and subway stations, on Facebook and Twitter and countless other social media sites;,live on the internet at CNN.com, CTVNews.ca, Mashable and Huffington, through newspapers and magazines, and of course, through word of mouth. The list of mediums is endless, bad news seeping into every crevice of our lives, with the potential to pull us deeper into depression. Even when we’re isolated as a result/symptom of our depression, bad news is still apt to find us through television or the Internet at the very least.
So, what can we do? How can we ever hope to avoid the onslaught?
Bad News About Bad News
The truth is, we can’t. Reporting of bad news will always outweigh the reporting of good news. Bad news sells. If you want to see/hear/read good news, you’re going to have to seek it out for yourself.
I spend a lot of time on Twitter. Recently, while browsing through my Twitter feed, I realized that all I was seeing was bad news, repeated over and over. Worse still, I found myself seeking out trending tragedies to get my fix on what was happening next. It’s kind of like a gross drug sometimes. While keeping abreast of local, national, and global news is important, we can choose to make it but a small piece of what we consume.
Control the Bad News You Consume to Control Your Depression
Because Twitter is my social media app of choice, I chose to seek out and follow stuff that would make me happy, brighten my day, or give me a laugh. I started to follow Animal Planet, for instance. I found and followed a local comedian who tweets a lot of funny stuff. I follow more than one person who posts cute animal photos. I unfollowed Huffington post and instead, happily chose to follow HuffPostGoodNews. I follow Good News Toronto and MarshaTheMoose from Big Brother Canada.
I avoid newspapers at all costs. I never liked them. I wasn’t a magazine reader either. I don’t listen to the evening news. On Facebook, I only “Like” the pages of organizations that are uplifting or frivolous, since both have their place in what can sometimes be a bad day. I enjoy talk radio but change the station when they’re discussing something horrible. And while I don’t fool myself into thinking the bad news isn’t out there, I am doing my best to control what I consume, especially since so much of it is beyond my control.
Bad news is everywhere and it is so very depressing. But, the good news is out there too. Seek it out. Devour it. Let it be the cute, funny, uplifting moment in your day.