With news reports coming at us from the many electronic and print mediums today, there is such a thing as news fatigue. The Pew Research Center even conducted a survey to find out how many people are inflicted with news fatigue. The malady is more common than most of us think, according to the Pew survey.
The survey found that almost 7 in 10 Americans have news fatigue. It is more common with Republicans than Democrats, Pew found. You can draw your own conclusions about that!
A person can’t escape breaking news. The speed with which it comes is a marvel. Most of the breaking news — local, state, national and internatonal — belongs in the “bad” category rather than in the “good” news slot. Breaking news flows as fast as a speeding bullet. The speed with which it comes, regardless of where it occurs, is astonishing.
Most people want to know what’s going on in multiple fields and some come down with news fatigue — some sooner rather than others.
We had a recent example of news fatigue. It had to do with stories about our former governor, Eric Greitens. When a person in that lofy position misbehaves, it certainly is news. All of the news mediums were giving his legal issues, black money, sex charges and campaign irregularities major play. These were happenings that were “hot news” and they went on day after day as developments unfolded. It became ad infinitum news coverage.
We don’t think it was overkill but we heard from people that to them it was.
We heard from a young lady a year or so ago who said she refuses to listen or read the news because in her mind there was too much “bad” news. To her it was distressing. She had a bad case of news fatigue.
The Pew survey was conducted from late February to early March. Pew said: “If you feel like there is too much news and you can’t keep up, you are not alone. A sizable portion of Americans are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of news there is, though the sentiment is more common on the right side of the political spectrum.” Pew added that the majority of Americans (68 percent) “feel worn out by the amount of news there is today, compared to only 3 in 10 who say they like the amount of news they get.”
The portion expressing feelings of information overload is in line with how Americans felt during the 2016 presidential election, when a majority expressed feelings of exhaustion from election coverage, Pew explained.
Since there are so many ways to report news today, we can believe some people feel overwhelmed by the reports. Others can’t get enough news. News reports are not going to stop. If anything, they will increase
For the news media, one thing has not changed. It is that reader or viewer trust has to be earned. You do that by being accurate in your reporting.