When I watch the news, why does bad news seem to sell more than good news?

Question by caltam84: When I watch the news, why does bad news seem to sell more than good news?
When I watch the news, there is more bad news than good news. I would love more good news than bad news. Unfortunately, this won’t likely happen. Of course, no one likes to deal with the bad news.

But why does bad news seem more advertising and sell more? I really don’t get this.

Best answer:

Answer by Simon
Because most good news poses no problems. People don’t really care to hear a story on the thousands that graduated high school/college this past year. Or of the thousands that left the hospital with a clean bill of health. Or that one person, who was struggling on house payments now all of a sudden can make it.

In those — there are no problems. Nothing to be solved/resolved. You mention something about Iran building weapons — people can start forming opinions. You talk about politics, and people can try to figure it all out. News acts more like a puzzle. It informs you, and then you get to play with it.

You start trying to deal out “good” news — people will lose interest. There is very little thought provoking aspects to good news. It is also relevant to the situation. China agreeing to sanctions on North Korea is “good” news — but most won’t see it like that.

If you want “good news” — you can always read the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. I’m told they’re supposed to be uplifting.

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