“Bad news travels faster than good.” “If it bleeds, it leads.” What is wrong with human kind? All I know is I saw this first hand as a t-v news reporter. Although I hear people complain about t-v news being negative — it’s what people tuned into more than a news program that started with a good story. The ratings proved it. What is it about humans and gossip? Why do we love to spread it? Heck, that’s probably how news began in the first place. Are we demented? Are we just sick in the head? Nope, not according to Ohio State University psychologist John T. Cacioppo, Ph.D. He says, “Your brain is simply built with a greater sensitivity to unpleasant news. The brain reacts more strongly to stimuli it deems negative. Thus, our attitudes are more heavily influenced by downbeat news than good news.” A reason our brains do this he believes is to warn us of danger. If we see or hear of something bad, we usually try to stay away from it.
Now I’m not saying this justifies speaking ill of others. I’m not saying negative is better than positive. But taking the bad and using it as a precautionary tool might just turn it into good!