Skipping current affairs: The non-users of online and offline news

Damian Trilling*, Klaus Schoenbach

*Corresponding author for this work

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In an information-rich environment with ample choice, do citizens still get exposed to what is going on around them in society? Or do they become 'information hermits', only interested in their personal hobbies? In contrast to widespread fears, the results of a large-scale survey, representative for the population of the Netherlands, suggest that most citizens still get an overview of what is going on in the world, and that television news is still the most popular source for that information. In addition, news on the Internet reaches those who are unlikely to seek news offline and wish to be entertained instead of informed. In detail, the study examines (1) which factors influence total news-overview avoidance, but also (2) what determines the amount of news exposure for those who do not skip the news.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-51
Number of pages17
JournalEuropean Journal of Communication
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2013


  • Fragmentation
  • news
  • news avoidance
  • news exposure
  • online
  • selective exposure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics


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