18 July 2023
Ireland is a nation that is strongly engaged with news and current affairs. The majority engage daily and believe it is important to stay abreast of what is going on in the world. However, our consumption of news can negatively influence our emotional state, particularly among women. This negative impact can result in a disengagement from news media.
With the use of social media firmly established, the ways in which generations consume news has shifted. Older generations primarily consume news through traditional media with younger generations turning to digital and social channels as their primary source for news. Trust in media sources is a priority, with traditional media holding more credibility than digital. Fact-checking is now becoming a norm for younger generations.
Outside of news, our experience of social media is mixed. We are almost equally likely to say we spend too much time on social media as we are to say the time we spend is ‘just right’. In addition, one third say it has a negative impact on our wellbeing.
From our findings, we also find that the mood is recovering, but slowly and measured. We saw a further, albeit slight, uplift in sentiment from the previous quarter that Ireland is moving in the right direction. Economic outlook concerns continue to ease, but we still have some way to go.
From a personal situation perspective, there has been a further decrease in those who feel their financial situation is worse than 12 months ago, however, people are not feeling particularly better off compared to this time last year. The outlook for the next 12 months is slowly recovering, but people are remaining realistic.
Download the full #ReflectingIreland report here.
Read tips on how to protect yourself from misinformation here.
Read tips on how to manage your social media use here.