Are you avoiding the news? Why news fatigue and avoiding the news matters

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More than a third of people say that taking in the news lowers their mood, according to a report from Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.
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Does the news ever overwhelm you? Does it leave you feeling depressed and powerless? 

These days, more of us seem to feel that way. About a third of people, especially young adults, say the news lowers their mood. And more than a third now say they sometimes or often avoid the news, according to a report from Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

Headlines over the last few years have been distressing: A war across the ocean in Ukraine. Political polarization in the U.S. Police shootings. Climate change.

When asked why they don’t take in the news, people say it leaves them demoralized, that stories seem disconnected from their lives or that the news is repetitive.

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