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June 14 (Reuters) – A growing number of people are selectively avoiding major news such as the coronavirus pandemic, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the cost of living crisis, according to a report on Tuesday.

While the majority of respondents regularly consume news, 38% said they often or sometimes avoid news – up from 29% in 2017 – the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism said in its annual report on news. digital news. About 36% – especially those under 35 – say the news affects their mood.

Trust in the news is also down and is lowest in the United States. On average, 42% of people said they trust most information most of the time; this figure fell in almost half of the countries in the report and rose in seven.

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“Many people view the media as subject to undue political influence, and only a small minority believe that most news outlets put what is best for society ahead of their own business interests,” Reuters Institute director Rasmus Kleis Nielsen wrote in the report, which is based on an online survey of 93,432 people, conducted in 46 markets.

Younger audiences are increasingly accessing news through platforms such as TikTok and have a weaker connection to news brands, according to the report.

Every week, 78% of 18-24 year olds access news via aggregators, search engines and social networks. Forty percent of this age group use TikTok weekly, with 15% saying they use it to find, chat or share news.

Growth in the number of people paying for online news may level off, with a large share of digital subscriptions going to a few national brands. In 20 countries where paying for news is widespread, 17% of respondents have paid for news online, the same figure as last year. Payment for local news varies by market.

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism is funded by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Thomson Reuters (TRI.TO).

The poll has a margin of error of 2-3 percentage points up or down.

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Reporting by Helen Coster in New York; Editing by Sandra Maler

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