Can Watching Mainstream Media Increase Your Blood Pressure?
Updated: Apr 26, 2019
Can watching drama on TV (violence, mainstream media news, etc.) contribute to high blood pressure?
Take for instance the mega mainstream media. This type of press is flooded with negativity. In fact, well over 90% of material showcased in the mainstream media news is negative news. Does this mean that 90% of what goes on in the world is negative? Of course, it does not. However, it sure seems that way for an avid mainstream media viewer.
Mainstream media news is created for the mass population, and the masses have been habitualized to think negatively. This is why they crave more. It’s similar to consuming so much refined sugar that the body becomes reliant on that daily fix to feel satisfied.
International mainstream media news outlets are designed to prey on the viewer’s fears. This is done exceptionally deliberately by exaggerating events and twisting stories. Some media outlets have been shown to time and time again flat out fabricate stories that have never existed on any level just to boost ratings. In fact, the narrative of most mainstream media outlets is entirely controlled by the corporations who fund them to survive in the first place.
So, can watching violence, drama and the mainstream media news on TV raise your blood pressure? You better believe it can!
Before diving into this question, we must first understand that the brain does not know the difference between something real and a thought. That’s right, your brain reacts the same to something happening in reality as to something that you merely think about. To prove it to you, if you were to think about someone you love getting into a violent car accident, even though that person can be two feet in front of you, completely safe, your brain would trigger the release of stress hormones to give you a lump in the pit of your stomach, sweat, etc.
Every time you are exposed to violence or negative mainstream media news your brain triggers the release of epinephrine and cortisol (stress hormones) to equip your body to enter the fight or flight response. This response is preparing your body to fight the dangerous stimulus or run away from it. Obviously, by watching the mainstream media news, you are not in any immediate danger. However, your brain does not know the difference and prepares the body by pumping these stress hormones into your blood from your adrenal glands.
One of the effects of entering the fight or flight response is to increase blood flow to the muscles to equip the muscles with the nutrients and oxygen that it needs to fight or flee. This, of course, is causing the heart to work on overdrive, not only raising blood pressure but also disrupting digestion (your body does not make digestion a priority while “fighting” or “fleeing”). But of course, you are not in danger while watching the mainstream media news and do not actually need to be secreting these hormones. In fact, the only time you should secrete these hormones is when you are in some kind of dangerous situation.
Ask yourself if it’s absolutely imperative to have the “knowledge” of what mainstream media is pumping out twenty-four hours a day? Are you soaking up this “knowledge” and being proactive in your approach to making the world a better place because of this newly found information or are you merely taking it all in and suffering the side effects of consuming such negativity?
Mega mainstream media (not so much local media) is at best manipulative, bias, and controlled by those who fund their narrative. How can one media outlet be passionately against the policies and beliefs of one political leader while passionately supporting those same exact policies of a different political leader who happens to be a part of the same organization which funds their existence?
Thinking that mega mainstream media (shrouded in negativity) cannot raise your blood pressure is like having the notion that thinking about a relaxing scenario, lying on the beach, soaking up the sun won’t help you relax. Of course, it will. Relaxing thoughts relax the body and help regulate blood pressure while being exposed to negativity raises blood pressure and decreases the effectiveness of the immune system.
Try giving mainstream media a break. Go for a walk, play board games, call up a friend. The more you rest your mind, the quicker the body will achieve homeostasis.
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