'News Fatigue' Is Symptom of Youth's Shift

Deluge of info has multi-tasking Gen Y less able to go in-depth
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2008 1:08 PM CDT
Young people get their news mostly from the internet, and are usually doing something else at the time, a stark difference from the leisurely morning paper experience.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – Young adults find themselves so inundated with headlines and so distracted by other media that they have trouble consuming the news, the AP reports of a new study. The project followed 18 ethnically diverse 18-34 year olds, and found that though they wanted in-depth news, they had trouble sorting through a barrage of headlines and updates.

"Our observations and analysis identified that consumers' news diets are out of balance due to the over-consumption of facts and headlines," says the founder of the group that performed the study, which the AP has used to develop new techniques.