News fatigue leaves an enduring mark after two years of Covid

The revealing statistic is thought to have its roots in two long years of pandemic fatigue, while the phenomenon is not exclusive to Ireland

Smartphones are the most popular vehicle used to access news, at 35 per cent. Picture: Getty

On first reading, the Irish edition of the 2022 Reuters Digital News Report contains plenty to give publishers and editors here cause for optimism. But there is one significant warning contained within it – that some readers and listeners are experiencing news fatigue.

The majority (52 per cent) of Irish respondents interviewed between January and February 2022 said they trusted most of the news they see most of the time. That was considerably higher than ...