The new study by researchers at Columbia University and Rutgers University finds that Americans hate news coverage more than they do people who have not been exposed to news media.
The researchers, led by Columbia University professor Christopher Isherwood, examined 1,003 Americans who were surveyed between March 2016 and April 2018.
Isherman’s team found that the top reasons people reported that they were “sick and tired” of news coverage were: News is boring, it is not interesting, it contains little or no news and people are too busy to care about it.
The most common reason people said they were disgusted with news coverage was the perception that news organizations misrepresented facts, while the least common was that they make up stories to make money.
The survey was conducted by a consortium of news organizations and media organizations, including the Washington Post, ABC News, CNN, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.
The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE.
The American People Are Sick and Tired of the News (PDF) is the latest in a long line of studies documenting Americans’ deep dislike of news.
It was published last week and will be widely distributed through newspapers and TV stations this week.
Isherson and colleagues looked at the top seven reasons Americans gave for not wanting to know more about the news they read.
The top five reasons were: The news is too boring or boring news is not exciting; The news does not tell you what is going on, it doesn’t tell you why things are happening, or the story is just plain boring.
The next four were: It does not give you the full picture of the story; It does the wrong thing to say something is happening or to write a story; And it doesn, or might do, make you feel sick or tired.
“The top five are really quite consistent across different news sources,” said Isherland.
The least common reasons people gave were: They feel like it’s too boring; They don’t like the way news is told to them; They feel the stories they read are biased; And they don’t want to read more.
The results are consistent with a survey from the Pew Research Center that found the average American had not read a news article for six months in a row.
Is there a way to change that?
Ishermore and his team have been looking at news outlets that cover politics, sports, or religion, and found that people who read those outlets report more negative attitudes toward news coverage.
Ishewood’s study was conducted with the help of a data-driven questionnaire and included responses from 3,000 Americans, including 1,000 who were asked about news reporting.
Is it possible that news coverage is just too boring?
Yes, Isherford said, adding that he was surprised at how often the respondents were able to say, “It’s boring.”
Is the news too boring for you?
“If you’re a sports fan, or you’re interested in politics, or if you’re an atheist, or a conservative, then yes, there is a reason that people say that,” Isherberg said.
The reason people feel so strongly about not wanting the news is because they are worried about what they read or see, and they are also concerned about the impact of their news on their lives, Isheberg said, noting that this is especially true for the young.
But Ishersons research also found that those people who felt the most negatively about the way the news was told about them were those who read or heard about stories that contradicted their beliefs.
It is not just about bias or politics, but also about what kind of news and information people read, and whether they find news interesting, Isbell said.
What is it that people really care about?
Is it the quality of the news coverage?
“People have this very strong impression of what they should expect from the news, but it is often really a little different from what is actually being reported,” Isbell added.
“If the news you read is boring or too boring, you might be more likely to be a conservative than someone who is not,” Ishelmore said.
“And if you read stories that are not exciting, you may find you are a liberal.”
In the end, the survey did not provide an answer to why people don’t read more news.
Is that because they hate it?
“I don’t think there is much of a clear answer to that,” he said.
Is he confident that if the media were more open and transparent about the type of stories it published, Americans would still not read news?
“No, I think it would be pretty easy to prove that,” saidIsherland, noting it would probably require an investigation into the news.
“We are not there yet,” Ishersong said.