Britons are less and less interested in reading the news, new research shows

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Britain's interest in news has fallen by almost half since 2015, DPA reported, citing a study by the Reuters Institute for Journalism Analysis.

The number of Britons interested in news has fallen from 70 per cent of the country's population in 2015 to 38 per cent in 2024, according to the survey.

The survey, completed before British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called a general election for July 4, is part of the Reuters Institute for Journalism's annual digital news report. It reveals that nearly half of citizens there tend to avoid the news, with 46 percent of respondents in a representative sample saying they do so often or at least sometimes.

Participants in the Institute's poll were also asked if they were tired of news, and 38 percent of them admitted that they were tired of the flow of information, DPA reported. It is pointed out that in most of those cases it is news about the military conflicts in the Gaza Strip and Ukraine.

The report also says that the decline in interest in news is an international trend, and Brazil, Spain, Germany and Finland also show it.

"News interest is influenced by the often depressing daily coverage of the intractable conflict in the Middle East," said Nick Newman, a senior fellow at the Reuters Institute and one of the report's lead authors.

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