NPR (7/11, Hamilton) reports in its “Shots” blog results of a survey suggest that “watching, reading or listening to the news,” especially if it’s disturbing, may contribute to stress. The survey of more than 2,500 people in the US “found that about 1 in 4 said they had experienced a ‘great deal’ of stress in the previous month.”
The participants noted “that one of the biggest contributors to their day-to-day stress was” exposure to the certain kinds of news. The study was conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.
— “Bingeing On Bad News Can Fuel Daily Stress,” Jon Hamilton, National Public Radio, July 10, 2014.