The public is becoming particularly stressed with the 2016 presidential election, with those who use social media more likely to declare themselves as such, according to a new survey.
More than half of those surveyed claimed that the lead up to the election was “stressing them out,” with 38% of them linking the stress to political discussions on social media.
People who use social media are also more likely to label the election as a very or “somewhat significant” source of stress than those who do not.
“Matures” were the most likely generation to deem the election as stressful at 59%, followed by 56% of Millennials, 50% of Baby Boomers, and 45% of Generation Xers.
Meanwhile, Republicans were also reported to be more stressed than Democrats, as women across the political spectrum were slightly more stressed than men.
“It has become emotional. It has become polarized,” said Dr. Douglas Haldeman of the American Psychological Association to CBS Local San Francisco. “Because of the emotional tone of this campaign we’ve bypassed the part of our brain that does the rational logical thinking and gone straight to the emotions.”
“Remember whatever the outcome, this country will survive,” he declared.