Americans are Stressing Out Over This Year’s Presidential Election
A new survey from the American Psychological Association finds that more than 1 in 2 Americans feel somewhat or significant stress over this year's presidential election.
And your so-called Facebook friends aren't helping!
The association's Associate Executive Director Lynn Bufka says "it does not matter if you are a man or a woman, it does not matter if you are a registered as a Democrat or a Republican — they are all equally likely to say, that indeed, this is a significant source of stress."
The APA survey of adults 18 and over was conducted online by Harris Poll. About 55 percent of Democrats and 59 percent of Republicans were "statistically equally likely to say the election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress."
They found that 51 percent of men and 52 percent of women found the presidential election stressful to some degree.
The survey determined that election stress differs somewhat among the generations. According to Bufka, "the youngest generation and the oldest generation, they were most likely to say that the election is somewhat or very significant source of stress." By contrast, 45 percent of Generation Xers reported stress over the election.
Bufka says it's not just a matter of tuning the election out. About 4 in 10 say election chatter has also permeated social media this year.
"We did not ask for a lot of detail about why the election is a source of stress, but one of the things that we do know is that people are telling us that if they are on social media, they are even more stressed about the election. It is popping up in your Facebook feed, on your Twitter, where ever, you are hearing about the election there too."
She says following Facebook friends who don't share your point of view can lead to conflict.
"And we certainly know that people are less polite and tactful on social media than they might be in face to face encounters."