The first response an online reader receives when receiving a bad story is often the same as the second.
The second response is a little different, though.
This is because of the fact that a bad article, when viewed in a digital context, may be seen as a negative.
A negative reaction to a bad, negative news story, says the Oxford University Press.
So it makes sense that a user would prefer to receive the negative news first, says co-author, Daniel M. Gertz.
But, when it comes to the digital news environment, the first-response option is typically reserved for the most valuable content, Gerts says.
“What we found was that people respond much more to negative information than positive information,” he says.
Gretz and his co-authors, Jonathan Erikson and Dan Hulshof, also found that people prefer to read negative news stories first, so long as they have good reasons to.
And that’s true across a range of media, including newspapers, magazines, news websites, and social networks.
They also found people prefer positive news stories over negative ones when they are available on other platforms, such as video or audio.
“People tend to think of positive and negative news as two sides of the same coin,” Gertshof says.
So when it came to reading a bad or inaccurate news story online, they tended to prefer the positive version first.
“When you read a negative story, you have to look at the negative part first,” he explains.
“The second part of the negative story is actually the positive part.
It is more compelling.”
In a survey of 1,000 Americans, Grets and his team found that 80 percent of people read negative stories first.
And in the Pew Research Center’s 2017 study, which asked respondents to rate the accuracy of news coverage in general, only 28 percent of Americans thought negative stories were more accurate than positive ones.
In the Oxford study, a total of 56 percent of online readers preferred the negative to the positive stories.
This preference for the negative is most pronounced when the news outlet is the news organization, and most people are more likely to read the negative if they are more familiar with the news story than the positive, Gestz says.
When it comes time to actually read the article, people tend to read more negative stories than positive stories, which makes sense when reading online, says Eriksen.
But they do not tend to be as likely to be swayed by positive stories that are available.
“I think the story you are reading is probably more positive than negative,” he adds.
“But the more you read, the more likely you are to become a reader.”
When it Comes to Reading an Online Story, People Read More Negative than Positive, but Not as Much as They Used to According to Gertsch, the reason for this trend is likely a simple one: People are more engaged in online conversations and social media than they used to be.
But this change is not solely because of news sites and social-media platforms.
“We found that, for example, people are much more likely now to read positive than neutral stories on social media, when compared to a year ago,” he tells Newsweek.
“There’s a lot more positive content on social and digital media than there was in 2015.”
In fact, Gretshof points out that, before 2015, people were more likely than they are now to have a negative opinion of the news media, and the news was considered less accurate than before.
And there are also many new ways to consume news online.
“For instance, Facebook has an entirely new way to consume stories,” he notes.
“They have video, and they have audio, and there are all these new ways people are now able to consume content on Facebook.”
When You Hear a Bad News Story, You Respond First: The New Reality for Reading a Bad Story In 2015, the Oxford researchers found that the majority of online users prefer to be first to get a negative news report, so it makes perfect sense that this would be the case for news online, Gstz says, but this preference has shifted over time.
“Now, if you are the first to read a story, then you’re going to be the first person to read it, regardless of how bad it is,” he observes.
“And that’s why it’s so important that you are first to see and respond to negative news.”
So when someone tells you that a story is not very good, or that the story is too negative, you might respond by reading the story first, Ggts says.
That way, you will be able to be sure that the negative content is actually something you can consume.
“In 2015, most people read news stories the first time,” he points out.
That’s one of the reasons we believe the way we present the news online today is changing