If you’re sick and tired of seeing news on TV and online about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, including their allies and critics, plus the pundits and other commentaries, then you’re not alone. A new survey unsurprisingly confirms that the United States election is a significant source of stress of about 52 percent of Americans as reported in the NPR.
The data came from the American Psychological Association, and the survey was conducted online among eighteen years old and above living in the United States.
Lynn Bufka, the APA’s associate executive director for practice research and policy, explains that the stress from elections isn’t party related. “We’re seeing that it doesn’t matter whether you’re registered as a Democrat or Republican,” she explained. “They (the people) are experiencing significant stress from the current election.”
Bufka adds that stress from election becomes exacerbated by social media posts, like arguments, images, videos and stories which can intensify frustration and concern “particularly with thousands of comments that can range from factual to hostile or even inflammatory.”
Interestingly, four in ten adults or thirty-eight percent say that cultural and political discussion on social media cause them stress.
Apart from sharing the survey results, the APA has given a list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to reading and reacting to election news. You can read the full list at the APA.org.
The ‘stress trend’ could continue until mid-November as more people get their news online. According to Pew Research (a separate research from APA), fourteen percent of Americans grab their news from the web via social media which may include comments (or responses) by other people. In addition, thirteen percent of surveyed Americans say they read their presidential campaign news through news apps (mobile phone applications) which may also include comments and responses from other readers.
Cable TV news is still the top source of election news, the Pew research survey added, but more millennials (eighteen to twenty-nine year olds) confirmed that they get their election news from at least one stream of information.