The report examines people’s news avoidance during the coronavirus pandemic in the UK based on a survey fielded from 7 to 13 May 2020. Among its highlights:
- after an initial surge in news use, there has been a significant increase in news avoidance
- women are more likely to avoid news than men
- the vast majority of those who always or often avoid news say they are trying to avoid COVID-19 news at least some of the time, and most of them said they are primarily worried about the effect it has on their mood
- more people say they are actively avoiding news that rely on intentional choice (television, news websites/apps)
- about a third think that the coronavirus situation in the UK is heading in the right direction
The report is the third in a series of ten Factsheets included in the UK COVID-19 news and information project that analyses how the British public navigates information and misinformation about coronavirus and about how the government and other institutions are responding to the pandemic.