Britons are steering clear of the news due to “frustration” over Brexit, according to a study.
The report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism found around 35 per cent of respondents were actively avoiding the news, a rise of 11 percentage points since 2017.
The report said 71 per cent of those avoiding the news were staying away from Brexit coverage due to “frustration over the intractable and polarising nature” of the debate.
And 58 per cent said the news had a negative impact on their mood.
Meanwhile, 41 per cent of leave voters were eschewing coverage because they were unable to rely on it to be true - a view shared by 30 per cent of remain voters.
The new report, published today, is based on a YouGov online survey conducted with 75,000 people in 38 countries.
The report’s lead author Nic Newman said the high volume of news content could be “confusing and negative” for consumers.
“People feel that the news has become really... depressing and it brings down their mood. They feel powerless to do anything about it,” he said.
The survey found 70 per cent of people were concerned about their ability to separate what is real and fake on the internet.
Just 22 per cent trusted online news stories, and only 10 per cent had faith in news found on social media.