iNow Posted April 20, 2010 Share Posted April 20, 2010 I had an idea for a study this morning. Perhaps a few have already been done (links if you've got 'em would be great). Stress, anxiety, and fear lead to health problems. That has been reinforced by so many studies and so much research that we can take it as given. Stress and fear and anxiety are not good for our health. They consistently lead to other more serious health issues. FOX News (and others, but I'm using them as a specific study subject) magnifies, reinforces, and feeds these negative feelings among viewers. Their segments, and the way they present them, lead to significantly increased stress, anxiety, and fear levels in their audience. Their audience is also more geriatric in nature, with a median age of over 65, a higher median age than all of the other primary news sources. Elderly citizens are more prone to health issues, and are also more likely to be impacted more robustly by negative health drivers (such as the aforementioned stress, anxiety, and fear). The hypothesis is this: FOX News is a direct driver of elevated healthcare costs. Their viewers are more likely to suffer from negative health outcomes than viewers of other news sources, and these negative health outcomes are driven (reinforced/magnified/exacerbated) directly by the stress, fear, and anxiety which their shows purposefully induce and feed among their audience. I think we can study this by sampling a decently sized population, and compare the average healthcare costs of Fox News viewers against non-Fox News viewers, holding other variables as consistent as possible (larger population samples will help to minimize the noise from confounding variables). What do you think? Is this a reasonable hypothesis? Is there work which supports or negates this conjecture already available to us? Have I wholly lost touch with reality and missed the mark with this? Discuss. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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