52% of U.S. adults feel that 2016 presidential election is a major stressor
2016 U.S. presidential election is driving people nuts.
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The American Psychological Association (APA) has just released the initial results of Stress in America survey about upcoming presidential election and showed that election is causing exceedingly high stress for majority of Americans. According to the survey, 52% of U.S. adults have reported that 2016 election is stressing them out.
“We are seeing that it does not matter whether you’re registered as a Democratic or Republican – U.S. adults say they are experiencing significant stress from current election.” Lynn Bufka, APA’s associate director for practice research and policy said in a statement.
Getting access to the information about presidential candidates and staying apprised of their campaigns is a part of being an informed citizen, which will eventually help people make better decision. As election day is drawing closer, the emotions are getting high, tones are becoming uglier and finger-pointing is becoming more frequent and the more the people are listening to the coverage, the more they are becoming fatigued, anxious or depressed. But does the coverage need to last as long as it does? And are we really getting the right information required to make an informed decision?
“Election stress becomes exacerbated by arguments, stories, images and video on social media that can heighten concern and frustration, particularly with thousands of comments that can range from factual to hostile or even inflammatory.” Bufka said.
Survey shows that men and women are almost equally being stressed by the election (51% vs. 52% respectively). However, stress levels differed among generations. Older people were the ones who were most effected by election (59%), followed by millennial (56%). Demographically, 56% Hispanic have reported that 2016 election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress while 52% whites were also overwhelmed by election. Across party lines, those registered as Democrats and Republicans felt almost equal amount of exhaustion regarding election (55%, 59% respectively).
To cope with the stress of election, APA has outlined few tips.
If the 24-hour news cycle of claims and counterclaims from the candidates is causing you stress, limit your media consumption. Read just enough to stay informed.
Avoid getting into discussions about the election if you think they have the potential to escalate to conflict.
No matter who wins the election, the life will go on. We should feel that we are participating in a proactive step through which the fate of the nation will be decided.