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Bad News: Stronger Reactions

An extensive study covering 17 countries revealed that people show stronger emotional reactions to bad news.

The allure of negative stories is so strong that people actively search for them online, something not seen with good news.

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Bad News On Top

Negativity Bias, a trait long recognized by psychologists, states that we are more attentive to negative experiences, stories and emotions. This quality is a kind of survival mechanism that has now evolved into our taste in current events.

Bad news has an attention-grabbing quality that makes most news outlets focus on disasters, crimes and other negative stories while leaving aside the feelgood stuff that often feels irrelevant to the viewer or reader.

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