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Young People Have News Fatigue

Study: Young People Check Email While Checking News, Duh!

The AP conducted a study in an attempt to figure out how best to get the news to young adults. The international study found that young adults are experiencing news fatigue, and overall information overload thanks to the Internet. Participants were also distracted from focusing on news because they were almost always multitasking with activities like reading email.

In order to get readers to see through the sea of headlines and facts, and eventually select the in-depth stories they actually crave, the AP will begin using a "1-2-3 filing" system.

To find out what that means,


Here's how it works: first, there is a news alert or breaking news headline. Next, comes a present-tense short piece on the story, easily picked up by websites and broadcasts. Finally, details and analysis will be added to the previous skeleton. Voila! Easy news for the ADD generation!

When I read about a study that finds there is a lot of information on the Internet and that people check email while accessing other info, I think — duh! But, I guess it's good that AP is putting in resources in trying to find a sustainable model for getting information to a new generation.

Is the Internet making us more or less informed? Will tightly packaged news bites lead young'ns to in-depth analysis? Do you have news fatigue? . . . I hope not!

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j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
What is the story here? :?
briglass briglass 9 years
Building on CoralAmber's point-- it is easier to find what you want and ignore what you don't than ever before. I, on the other hand, watch Fox News on mute, with NPR on the radio and Al Jazeera closed captioning. Not really. BUT I COULD.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Since the days of good old Walter news has gone from a simple reciting of events to out right opinion based on the events. No one should be passive about their news intake and always refer to a few sources.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I browse the internet on my laptop while I drive, so I'm not only well informed, but I'm a negligent driver as well. So I've got that going for me. :jog: This thing just won't stop. It won't stop. It won't stop. My God, where is the humanity?
brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
I watch local news every night. I online newspapers pretty much everyday. And yes, sometimes while checking my e-mail :P Sometimes I think all this technology is overwhelming, but it's nice to know that it's out there. I don't know if their ploy to make younger people read/watch news will work. I think people will watch/read the news if they want to, or continue to be oblivious if they want.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 9 years
I was less informed before I started gettin news on the internet. I hate watching the news. At least now I can read what interests me and skip the rest.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Our young kids multitask while reading the news? And we wonder why there is so much ADD among our children.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
i totally agree with gigill, this is a very weird time to be alive. its becoming harder and harder to sequester yourself away from the news of the world, even for a few weeks. i am looking for my own walden pond. and i wont tell any of you where it is when i find it.
syako syako 9 years
I can't tell you how much I HATE watching the "experts" scream at each other on those insipid news shows :oy:
janneth janneth 9 years
yes, true, online newspapers.
syako syako 9 years
yeah but don't you think a lot of people (in this generation, at least) actually read newspapers online? I know I do. And I personally hate all tv news...
janneth janneth 9 years
Used to be that you could only get tv news from watching the evening news on one of 3 networks. It was straight news, sometimes 1-2 minutes of analysis. Now nobody watches the network news, and people mainly watch the Matthews and Olbermanns who spend time analyzing, with sometimes 3 or 4 "experts" debating each other. That is really opinion more than anything else. Or we watch Comedy Central's comedic take on the news. Few read the newspaper.
syako syako 9 years
Ha. I was talking to my friend last night and she said she felt like sometimes at work she feels like she gets to the end of the Internet. That there's absolutely nothing else to search for or read. :rotfl: Uh, that's me, like every day! But then we were talking about how silly our generation is - we're not even satisfied doing absolutely NOTHING all day (and getting paid for it) :innocent:
gigill gigill 9 years
I definitely have information overload fatigue - no doubt about it. It's kind of a shitty age we live in. :/ As for my news consumption, I'm sure it will work for awhile but then we'll tire of it and look for something else to capture our attention...just my two cents.
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