More People Are Avoiding the News Because There’s Too Much Bad News

From a Washington Post story by Paul Farhi headlined “Do you avoid the news? You’re in growing company.”:

The news was a lifelong habit for Claudia Caplan. It surrounded her like a blanket. Two newspapers in the morning, read nearly in full. Cable news in the afternoon or evening. NPR in the car the rest of the time.

But something changed during the pandemic. Maybe it was her. Maybe it was the news itself.

“It was so upsetting,” says Caplan, a retired advertising executive who is now a graduate student of history at New York University. “So frightening, so apocalyptic.”