Why do some people avoid news? Because they don’t trust us — or because they don’t think we add value to their lives? Nieman Journalism Lab

In 2017, 29 percent of those surveyed worldwide said they “Often or sometimes avoid the news,” including 38 percent in the United States and 24 percent in the U.K. By 2019, those numbers had increased to 32 percent worldwide, 41 percent in the U.S., and 35 percent in the U.K. Why do people avoid news? In the 2017 data, the leading causes for Americans were “It can have a negative effect on my mood” and “I can’t rely on news to be true”.

LinkedIn senior editor-at-large Isabelle Roughol wrote a short piece Saturday summarizing this year’s Digital News Report, highlighted the news avoidance data in the headline, and asked readers about their own experience with news avoidance.

Mainstream news is a waste of time and energy – so yes, I avoid the news.

News organizations have become dependent on sensationalism and shocking news.

My question to you is why would I waste my energy and psychological wellbeing looking at grotesque pictures or reading depressing draining news? I would much rather see a magazine full of ads and no news.

Regular news consumption can engender a kind of learned helplessness that make clear the appeal of ideologically slanted news – which offers up a clear cast of good guys and bad guys with no moral gray – and just avoiding news entirely.

News consumption used to be about daily habits – reading the paper every morning, watching the 6 o’clock news every night.

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