Bad news and personal mental disorder

OPINION
By DR. DJUWARI SARKAWI
November 4, 2020

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IN digital society, we find the unlimited members. It is the world members. We have incidental connections every day. We are gradually getting friends day by day. Some are good. Others may be on the contrary. But, the most important thing is how to let our emotions control our intelligence. This is expected to avoid us from having personal mid disorder.
In social media, we have tweeter, Instagram, Facebook, WhattsApp (WA), and many others. All these social media accounts needs very specific management. Political supporters build their social media accounts. They may create even more than one account. The trickiest is the accounts without clear identities. No real names, no real pictures, no other information related to personal details.
In the case above, we cannot see every single motive. But, when political affairs enter this digital society, all words posted can lead to chaos. The links of the news, professional videos, and amateur recorded videos emerge into one consumption for the world public.
For a country in ASEAN can also consume the news of political affairs in western countries. It can also on the other way around. For knowledge building, this technological equipment can also help people around the world find new knowledge. However, it can endanger children, teenagers, and the grown-ups to be in bad mood.
For the big 6 social media accounts, we have the number of the users. In 1919, the number of Facebook users is 2,414 billion, YouTube, 2 billion, WhattsApp, 1.6 billion, messenger, 1.3 billion, We Chat, 1, 33 billion, Instagram 1 billion (bradbroadsearch.com). Among the members above, Facebook is the most popular, followed by YouTube, WhattsApp, Messenger, We Chat, and Instagram.  
There are many types of news:  private, work‐related, war/terrorism, disasters/accidents, sports, economics, politics, and others. All these are selected but it can be at random. But, the contents can be either bad or good ones.
A research by Natascha de Hoog and Peter Verboon (2019) provides us exciting evidence. The type of news being exposed to the respondents can be categorized as follows: private 4.3%, work‐related 2.7%, war/terrorism 7.2%, disasters/accidents 5.1%, sports 4.9%, economics 4.9%, politics 12%, other 9%, and no news 54.8% of the time.

When comparing the types of news, politics is 12%, followed by war/ terrorism 7.2 %, disasters and accidents 5.1%. Then, followed by sports and economics: each 4.9%, private news 4.3%, work-related 2.7%, other 9%, and no news 54.8% of the time. We can see, war/terrorism are so high. All these can damage our generations’ mind when, we cannot control all these types of news and the impacts on the children.  
The languages spoken e.g., through videos on YouTube are full of heterogeneous vocabularies. The “speech acts” that might be consumed by adults may also be consumed by even children. Psychologically, this lead to jeopardy for the children’s mind.
More tensely, when adults are confronting the same adults, it will also coloring the digital society characteristics. People shouting and posting the written languages angrily.  Emotions control their intelligence. When this happens every minutes, the world public can be similar to animals in the jungle. No ethics and social values are expressed on that social communications.
People tend to let their emotion overpower their intelligence.  If “educated people” are trapped into this condition, there will be soon a crises of the role models. Children and young people need the role model in the digital society. Therefore, the grownups and more importantly the educated should try hard to control their mind not to overpower their intelligence.
As Hoog and Verboon (2019) found in their research, daily exposure to everyday news facts makes people feel bad. They will feel so, especially when they consider the news to be personally relevant. It can be implied that people need to look more carefully at the way (negative) news is presented on social on the media. Besides that, people are suggested to minimize the frequency of exposure to the news.
By doing the above measures, it is expected that we can prevent the digital society’s members from being negatively affected by all the bad news. This article is obligatory to invite the educated people. It is advisable that we should not let our emotion to overpower our intelligence (quote of the day by driven resilielnce.com). Otherwise, the digital society can make us have personal mental disorder.
Dr. Djuwari is an Associate Professor and the Director of Language Laboratory at STIE Perbanas Surabaya, the editor of some research journals in the Philippines and Indonesia. He is also a journalist in some newspapers in Indonesia; the President of International Association of Scholarly Publishers, Editors, and Reviewers (IASPER).


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