No News is Good News

This won’t come as news to you. You’re getting sick of news. Maybe it’s too repetitive. Maybe it’s too depressing and alienating. Maybe it gives you a sense of hopelessness. Maybe it’s just just too horrifying to be regularly reminded of those we live among (for example, today’s story on the Britney Spears fans splitting into two equally obsessed factions or every day’s stories from Congress). Whatever it is, you’ve had enough of it. According to a recent survey (yes, I know, you’re sick of surveys, too), “38 percent of U.S. respondents say they sometimes or often avoid news, including 41 percent of women and 34 percent of men. At the same time, the proportion of people who are ‘extremely’ or ‘very interested’ in the news continued to sink. In the United States, this group was in the minority (49 percent) for the first time in the survey’s short history, down from 67 percent in 2015.'” (Anyone want to posit a theory on what changed after 2015?) WaPo (Gift Article): Do you avoid the news? You’re in growing company. Now you see the genius of my product. I’ve taken two things people hate the most, news and email, and combined them into a single offering that has no discernable business model. What can I say? Misery loves company.

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