March 25, 2017
Does Watching Fox News Kill You?
A note to forward to your uncle when you urge him to cut it out with the Fox News habit: watching Fox News might kill you.
Here's the evidence. Starting around 2000, Fox News began dominating cable news viewership with a sensationalist formula that targeted non-college-educated middle-class non-latino white viewers. Today, the NYT points out that even as conservative Republicans dominate political power in the U.S., Fox retains its uniquely apocalyptic tone, depicting the world as a relentlessly dark and dangerous place. Nobody delivers negative news more consistently than Fox.
The other meme circulating today is the remarkable finding that, since 2000, there has been a unprecedented rise in death among non-college-educated middle-class non-latino whites, driven by an explosion of suicides, alcoholism, and drug addiction. Researchers are puzzled why this phenomenon seems to affect this narrow community only.
What happened? The dominant theory is that this community has faced a sudden collapse in employment opportunities. But globalization and automation are equal-opportunity employment threats that affect blacks and latinos even more severely than whites. Job losses also do not explain why the phenomenon would begin at the height of the internet boom years with low unemployment across the economy. Why are suicides narrowly rising among this white population, and why suddenly starting in 1998? Did this group face some new specific public health danger that started at that time?
Of course they did. It is well-known that hours of TV watching is linked to depression. But more specifically, a study by Johnston and Davey found a direct link between negative-news-watching and mental health: consuming negative news stories makes you exaggerate the importance of your own personal problems, including problems completely unrelated to the news. This cognitive distortion, called catastrophizing, is linked to anxiety, depression, and - especially in those who suffer chronic pain - suicidal thoughts.
So here's the theory. Watching too much negative news when you are suffering pain can make you oversensitive to your pain (and maybe over-consume pain medication), and it can also make you suicidal. Black and Latino and college-educated populations (and whites before the launch of Fox in 1996) are inoculated from this mental health problem because they simply do not watch Fox. Unemployment alone does not explain the death rate, because it is not getting hurt and losing your job, but after that, sitting at home consuming a regular diet of Fox News, that leads you to catastrophize your personal pain. It is the combination of bad circumstances and bad news that drives you to despair, alcoholism, opioids, and suicide.
So when you get sick and are stuck at home, out of work, you should turn on Netflix and watch a fun movie to cheer yourself a bit. And knock it off with the Fox - that stuff can kill you.
Graph at the top: USW is mortality rates of non-college-educated non-latino whites in the U.S. Graph at the bottom: comparative viewership of Fox News versus other cable news outlets.
Posted by David at March 25, 2017 10:16 AM
Why are you posting stats from over 17 years ago? These stats are way out of date and CNN is FAKE NEWS
Disclaimer. I do not have cable so I do not watch any of the news sources graphed.
While your graphs are based on 7 year old trends, I see your logic. It is interesting to note that the number of foxnews viewers is approximately equal to the sum of the other three networks combined. However in an effort to gain viewership share, shouldn't they encourage the existing viewers to continue to watch, and then let the consequences take their toll?
Hi Roger and "Jackie".
One of the odd phenomena of the Trump era is the appearance of Russian spammers on the political scene. Russian spammers have been a constant headache for comment spam for many years, but mostly in various money-making schemes.
But starting in 2016, they seem to have turned their attention to U.S. politics. One of the first things I noticed on my own blog was the appearance of pro-Trump Google Analytics spam from Russian spammers, as well-documented here. https://www.ohow.co/secret-%C9%A2oogle-com-trump-spam-google-analytics/
Now I find it interesting that "Jackie" is posting pro-Trump talking points from an IP address in Quebec at 1AM Quebec time - but mid-day in Siberia. This time-zone shift is a common pattern I have seen for many years from both Russian and Chinese spammers: it is cheaper to hire Asian spammers to work during the day, so they end up posting in the middle of the night in the target timezone.
Excellent website you have here: so much cool information!..
Good writing with a emphasis of social problems.
Information you share is very useful.It is closely related to my work and has helped me grow.
Thank you for such a wonderful article and sharing.God bless you. Well Done.!
This is a Sample for comment test
Itís really a great and useful piece of information. Iím happy that
you shared this helpful info with us. Please stay us informed like this.
Someone necessarily lend a hand to make seriously posts I might state.This is the first time I frequented your web page.
I amazed with the analysis you made to create this particular put up amazing. Magnificent activity!
Three studies have shown FOX news viewers are LESS informed regarding current events than those people who watch NO news at all. It's true, and you can search for proof by simply typing the following four words into any search engine. 'THE FOX NEWS EFFECT'
They also dabble in hate, racism, nationalism, bigotry and divisive commentary all day and night.
I live in the Florida Keys and there are many angry elderly people down here and FOX is on all their TV's all day. The caravan is coming to kill us! FOX should be banned for seniors.
http://www.cartier-bracelet.us.com/ cartier love ring
http://www.rayban--glasses.us.com/ ray ban
http://www.kevin-durant-shoes.us.com/ kd shoes
http://www.lacosteshirts.us.com/ lacoste outlet
http://www.prada--bags.us.com/ prada wallet
http://www.monclerjacket.org.uk/ moncler jacket mens
http://www.hermes--belt.us.com/ hermes belt
http://www.pandorajewelryscharms.us.com/ pandora jewelry
http://www.curry4-shoes.us.com/ curry shoes
http://www.air-max-90.us.com/ air max
http://www.nike-huaraches.us.com/ nike huarache
http://www.adidas-ultraboost.us.com/ adidas ultra boost
http://www.nikeair-max90.co.uk/ nike air max
http://www.bvlgaris.us.com/ bvlgari handbags
http://www.northfacejacketoutlets.us.com/ north face vest
http://www.lebron15-shoes.us.com/ lebron 14
http://www.jimmychooheels.us.com/ jimmy choo trainers
http://www.ray--bansunglassess.us.com/ ray ban
http://www.jordan11spacejams.us.com/ jordan 11
http://www.goyardbackpack.us.com/ goyard backpack
http://www.nike--vapormax.us.com/ nike vapormax
http://www.airmax270.co.uk/ off white nike
http://www.nikeairvapormaxflyknit.us.com/ nike air max 90
http://www.adidasoriginalsultraboost.us.com/ ultra boost
http://www.kd10-shoes.us.com/ nike kd
http://www.nike-airmax-2018.us.com/ air max 90
http://www.ferragamoshoess.us.com/ salvatore ferragamo
http://www.pandora-jewelrybracelet.us.com/ pandora rings
http://www.mbts.us.com/ mbt shoes
http://www.monclerjacketwomens.us.com/ moncler jacket mens
http://www.hermesbirkin-handbags.us.com/ Hermes Handbags
http://www.prada--handbags.us.com/ prada wallet
http://www.ralphlauren--polo.us.com/ ralph lauren shirts
http://www.nikeairmax-97.us.com/ air max 97 silver bullet
http://www.pandoraearrings.us.com/ pandora charms
http://www.fitflop--sandals.us.com/ fitflop sandals
http://www.burberrys.org.uk/ burberry scarf
http://www.salomon--shoes.us.com/ Salomon Shoes
http://www.asicss.us.com/ asics womens running shoes
http://www.fitflops-sale.us.com/ fitflop sale
http://www.truereligion--jeans.us.com/ true religion jeans
http://www.nikeairmax97.co.uk/ nike air max 97
http://www.longchampbag.us.com/ longchamp backpack
http://www.air-max-270.us.com/ nike air max 270
http://www.burberry--scarf.us.com/ burberry outlet
http://www.true--religion.us.com/ true religion sale
http://www.stephen-curry-shoes.us.com/ stephen curry shoes
http://www.jordan11.co.uk/ jordan shoes
http://www.redbottoms-louboutin.us.com/ christian louboutin
http://www.chromehearts-jewelry.us.com/ chrome hearts clothing
http://www.pandora-charmsjewelry.us.com/ pandora bracelet
http://www.nikeairmax-90.us.com/ nike air max 90
http://www.chromeheartsjewelrys.us.com/ chrome hearts jewelry
http://www.mcm--bags.us.com/ mcm bags
http://www.katespadebags.us.com/ kate spade wallet
http://www.katespadepurses.us.com/ kate spade
http://www.air-max-97.us.com/ air max 97
http://www.katespade--outlet.us.com/ kate spade bags
http://www.pandora-jewelrysale.us.com/ pandora charms
http://www.redbottom--shoes.us.com/ christian louboutin
http://www.kyrie-4.us.com/ kyrie irving shoes
http://www.james-hardenshoes.us.com/ harden shoes
http://www.monclers.uk/ moncler coat
http://www.ultra--boost.us.com/ adidas ultra boost uncaged
http://www.pumarihannafenty.us.com/ rihanna fenty puma
http://www.nikeairmax-95.us.com/ air max 95
http://www.louboutinredbottoms.us.com/ christian louboutin
http://www.kyrie-irving-shoes.us.com/ kyrie irving
http://www.ralphlaurenspoloshirts.us.com/ ralph lauren outlet
http://www.christianlouboutinredbottoms.us.com/ christian louboutin
http://www.air-max-95.us.com/ nike air max 95
http://www.airjordan11spacejam.us.com/ air jordan 11 space jam
http://www.ed-hardys.us.com/ ed hardy clothing
http://www.montblancs.us.com/ mont blanc sale
http://www.goyardbag.us.com/ goyard wallet
http://www.asics--shoes.us.com/ asics womens shoes
http://www.pandora--rings.us.com/ Pandora Charms
http://www.salvatore-ferragamo.us.com/ salvatore ferragamo shoes
http://www.pandora--jewelrys.us.com/ pandora rings
http://www.pandorajewelryrings.us.com/ pandora earrings
http://www.michaelkors-handbagss.us.com/ michael kors bags
http://www.monclerjacketmens.us.com/ moncler jacket mens
http://www.moncler--jacket.us.com/ moncler jacket
http://www.airmax-2018.us.com/ air max
http://www.nike--shoes.co.uk/ nike air max 97
http://www.moncler-coat.us.com/ moncler coat
http://www.mulberry-handbags.us.com/ mulberry bayswater
http://www.jordan--11.us.com/ jordan shoes
http://www.airmax90shoes.us.com/ nike air max
http://www.chrome--hearts.us.com/ chrome hearts t shirt
http://www.nike-airmax270.us.com/ nike air max 90
http://www.celines.us.com/ celine purse
http://www.fitflopsshoes.us.com/ fitflops clearance
http://www.eccoshoesoutlets.us.com/ ecco shoes
http://www.mcms.us.com/ mcm wallet
http://www.nikekdshoes.us.com/ nike kd
http://www.oakley--glasses.us.com/ oakley sunglasses
http://www.adidasnmd-womens.us.com/ adidas nmd
http://www.birkenstocksandalssale.us.com/ birkenstock sandals
http://www.valentino--shoes.us.com/ red valentino
http://www.northface-jacket.us.com/ north face coats
http://www.salomonshoes.co.uk/ salomon shoes
http://www.salomonspeedcross3.us.com/ salomon speedcross 4
http://www.pandoras-jewelrys.us.com/ pandora jewelry
http://www.adidas-superstarshoes.us.com/ adidas superstar shoes
http://www.nikeairmax270.org.uk/ air max 270
http://www.nikelebron15.us.com/ lebron james shoes
http://www.airmax95.co.uk/ nike air max 95 mens
http://www.adidasyeezy-350.us.com/ adidas yeezy
http://www.polo-ralphlauren-outlet.us.com/ ralph lauren
http://www.under-armour-shoes.us.com/ under armour shoes
http://www.birkenstock--sandals.us.com/ birkenstock shoes
http://www.supreme--clothing.us.com/ supreme jacket
http://www.vapormaxs.us.com/ nike air vapormax
http://www.michael-kors-bags.us.com/ michael kors purse
http://www.fitflop--shoes.us.com/ fitflop sale
http://www.jordans11shoes.us.com/ jordan 11
http://www.supremeshirt.us.com/ supreme jacket
http://www.adidasnmdrunnerr1.us.com/ yeezy boost 350
http://www.coachbags-outlet.us.com/ coach wallet
http://www.coach--bags.us.com/ coach purses
http://www.jordanretro11-shoes.us.com/ jordan shoes