Is the news making us unhappy? The influence of daily news exposure on emotional states

Natascha de Hoog*, Peter Verboon

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

There is evidence that exposure to negative news is making people feel bad, but not much is known about why this only affects some people or whether this also applies to everyday news exposure. This study examined the direct and indirect effects of daily news exposure on people's affective states. Using ecological momentary assessment (EMA), 63 respondents (24 men and 39 women) reported their news exposure and affective states five times a day for 10 days. In addition, personal relevance of the news and personality characteristics, neuroticism and extraversion, were assessed. Results showed that negative news perceptions were related to more negative affect and less positive affect, and these effects were moderated by personal relevance, but not personality characteristics. The implications of these outcomes are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-173
JournalBritish Journal of Psychology
Volume111
Issue number2
Early online date21 Mar 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2020

Keywords

  • daily news
  • negative affect
  • personal relevance
  • positive affect

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