Tired of news? Scientist told why this happens
Scientists love to give names in a variety of phenomena and sensations: for example, anxious feeling at the sight of something, which looks like a person, but they are not called the effect of the "ominous valley", and the fear of long words – hypopotosonstossekippedalifobi (try to pronounce it three times in a row ). Now Mark Satta, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wayne University, came up with 3 reasons for information exhaustion – and what to do about it is the name of the state when you no longer can perceive the news: episteremic exhaustion.
Epistema translated from Greek as knowledge or knowledge. According to the theory of Satty, the depletion of cognitive abilities is not connected with the inability to cope with the accumulated knowledge, but with emotional exhaustion due to attempts to obtain or transfer new information in difficult conditions.
From the beginning of the pandemic, probably your tapes in social networks were filled with all sorts of news, opinions and personal experience. And at some point you understand that you can no longer listen to all this and discuss. Satta assumes that the reasons for such a state are reduced to three aspects:
- Uncertainty. 2020th became a trickling of a variety of news: from coronavirus to problems with ecology and protests. As a result, more and more people are worried about the stability of their work, health and safety. It is easier for us to take bad news, if we feel safe in the other aspects of life, but all the last year the sense of uncertainty is in the air, and if the reading of the news does not answer, and even more questions, it oppresses and demoralizes.
- Polarity of opinions. Philosopher Kevin Waller argued that the polarization of views in society feeds distrust, with the result that people are harder to find someone who can really trust when it comes to receiving and sharing information. Different views with family members and friends only strengthen the sense of disagreement.
- Disinformation. BBC called fake news by the main word 2017, and disinformation as a whole is common in social networks that we use every day. Add to this misleading advertising, and consumers can easily lose faith in the platform, which previously appealed for information.
What to do if you have found this condition? Satta claims that in such a situation it is important to accept that you can not know everything and are not obliged to read every news and discuss every problem. Do not delete yourself and stop leafing the tape, if you understand that you are uncomfortable.
In addition, you can prevent disinformation: share in social networks and tell friends only that information in the source of which is absolutely sure, and limit yourself from reading publications you tend to not trust. With the polarization of opinions, it is possible to fight only Empathy: try to look at the point of view of another person, abstracting from our own beliefs, and offer him to do the same. This will lead the discussion, and not try to convince each other.