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Bad News: Reading the News Too Much Is Terrible For Your Mental Health

Some people get a little too caught up in the news, right? Not you, of course. You happen to pay just the right amount of attention to the news. Enough that you’re well informed on current events, but not so much that you’re obsessed with it. You’ve managed to get it perfectly calibrated. Maybe just a little more scrolling through the feed before bed, just to make sure you don’t miss anything good, right?

Well, just in case, you might want to check into a new study from Taylor and Francis, that found compulsive news consumption is a true terror for your mental health and even takes a toll on your physical health.

“For individuals who find themselves constantly thinking about and checking the news, news consumption may be having a more negative impact on their well-being than they realize,” study author Bryan McLaughlin, an associate professor of advertising at Texas Tech University College of Media & Communication, in Lubbock, told UPI.

Sixteen percent of survey respondents who report watching a lot of news say they feel sick “quite a lot” or “very much,” compared to just six percent of the rest of the population. In other words, you’re 10 percent more likely to feel gross if you’re watching too much news compared to those who are not.

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Good thing you don’t watch too much news. Right?

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