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, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted from Feb. 22 to March 4, 2018.
Almost seven-in-ten Americans (68%) feel worn out by the amount of news there is these days, compared with only three-in-ten 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.
While majorities of both Republicans and Democrats express news fatigue, Republicans are feeling it more. Roughly three-quarters (77%) of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents feel worn out over how much news there is, compared with about six-in-ten Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents (61%). This elevated fatigue among Republicans tracks with them having less enthusiasm than Democrats for the 2018 elections.
Depending on how you perceive the news, even if you really like the story it is not being given to you correctly. When the media gives you a story, you should expect the truth of the story, not someone’s slant of it or missing some facts. You should not get a story from un-named source without any real facts to back it up. We are being bombarded with stories without any real sources or facts.
What happened to real stories or breaking news from someone we trusted to give us the real truth, not someone’s agenda of what they think may, should, or what really did happen? What happened to the real news stories that even with an un-named source the story was good enough to have the local DA or Police doing a follow-up and really expose the wrongdoers?
On the local news you still see this on this level but when you turn on the national news you have no clue if anything they are saying is true or not. There is no follow-up or incorporation of the other side of the story. You know what channel or network you are supposed to be watching but you feel like you are in the Twilight Zone. I guess we could sit through all this “Unknown News but the News we want you to have” and get the list of all their sponsors and advertisers and ask them why they are giving money or buying ads from a company that does not tell the world the truth.