A growing number of people seem to shun the news and trust it less these days, according to a report on Tuesday. News stories like Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the cost of living crisis, the coronavirus pandemic, etc. don’t seem to interest people, the report adds. The majority of respondents read the news regularly. About 38% sometimes avoid the news. The figure is up from 29% in 2017. Not only that, but the news also appears to lower the mood of around 36% of respondents, who are under 35.
The findings were published in the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism’s annual Digital News Report. Trust in the news is also declining. It seems to have been the lowest in the United States. About 42% of people on average said they trust information in general. The count took a nosedive in nearly half of the countries in the report. It has increased in only seven countries.
An online survey of 93,432 people was conducted in 46 markets to compile the report. Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, director of the Reuters Institute, said in the report: “Many people consider the media to be subject to undue political influence, and only a small minority believe that most news outlets pass this what is best for society before their own commercial interest. ”
Young people nowadays access information through search engines, aggregators and social media platforms. They also have a weak connection to news industry brands, according to the report.
(With agency contributions)
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