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Young people in Great Britain are watching less and [less / lesser] news on television. This is according to Ofcom, a regulatory [bodily / body] that oversees broadcasting practices in the UK. This comes as [not / no] surprise as young people become increasingly [addicted / addiction] to their smartphones. Youth are [opting / option] for online distractions like YouTube videos, social media and games [lather / rather] than switch on a TV and [watched / watch] a news programme. Britain's Guardian newspaper reported that: "The youth of the nation are more [likely / liked] to get their day's news about the world from social media or by reading graffiti in bus stations than seeing it on the [belly / telly] , with the average 16-24-year-old watching just two minutes' [worth / worthy] of live TV news per day."

Ofcom commissioned research [onto / into] the news-viewing habits of people around the country. The report is called "News Consumption in the UK: 2019". The research [suggestive / suggests] that young people are increasingly [useful / using] social media as their [primarily / primary] news source. Researchers wrote: "There is evidence [that / what] UK adults are consuming news more actively via social media." They reported an increase in [pastes / posts] and comments on Facebook and Twitter about the news compared to [last / next] year. Ofcom suggested presenting news stories in a less complicated, more [access / accessible] way to attract young people's attention. Some people suggested this would be "[dumbing / dumping] down content for young [audience / audiences] ".

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