Many folks say they don’t follow the news because it is too depressing. This is a legitimate claim.

Studies have shown that when we consume a majority of negative news, we feel it. In fact, we are likely to be more sad and worried about our own problems because over-consumption of negative content. Research has also shown there is an overall ratio of 17:1 negative to positive news.

We want to you understand how news consumption affects your mood. With BombPopper, you rate your mood while consuming news to keep track of your overall state of being. Remember you are what you eat!

Start reading to see if you have a balanced news diet.

Project designed and developed by: James Zhang, Lindsey Wagner, Luís Filipe Brandão and Nick Dynan @ Hacking Journalism 2014

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