Recent studies show U.S. citizens feel saturated with the amount of information they receive.
In a time where news is abundant and immediate, we can become overwhelmed and saturated with the amount of information we receive.
According to a recent Pew Research Center report, almost seven-in-ten people (68%) inside the US feel worn out by how much news they receive, while only 3 in 10 say they like how much information they get.
Although feeling overwhelmed is more common among the people who follow the news less closely than among those who are avid consumers, 62% of those who follow the news most of the time are feeling worn out by it.
- 78% of those who less frequently get information say they are feeling fatigued by the amount they see.
- 65% of Americans responding the Pew Research survey said they follow the news most time, whereas 34% said they follow only something important, nevertheless, those less interested still feel tired of it.
Key findings in the report state that 17% of Americans say national news organizations are doing very well at keeping the public informed of the most important national stories of the day, while 24% say they do not too or not at all well; the largest portion, 58%, say the news media do fairly well.
Division of news fatigue in demographic groups
White Americans are feeling more exhausted towards news than other demographics.
Pew Research Center also reports nearly three-quarters (73%) of white Americans express fatigue with the amount of news, much higher than among both Hispanic (55%) and black Americans (55%).
As for women, they are also feeling overwhelmed, and somewhat similar than men (71% vs. 64%, respectively).
Within senior adults, those ages 65 and older are slightly less likely than those who are younger to express a sense of exhaustion towards the saturation of news.