More news, more worry during pandemic

Anxiety and fear went hand in hand with trying to learn more about COVID-19 in the early days of the pandemic in the United States — and the most distressed people were turning on the television and scrolling through social media, according to research from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

“What we’d hope is that you could counter uncertainty by learning more about the world, and that you’d associate not knowing with experiencing emotional distress,” says UW–Madison psychology professor Markus Brauer. “Like with many crises, that wasn’t the case with COVID-19. Higher media consumption — seeking out the news — was

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