A study by the American Psychological Association suggests that more than 50 percent of American adults are feeling stressed because of the 2016 Presidential election.
The study from the American Psychological Association examined people who frequently used social media versus those who did not and found a 54% of social media users felt more stressed about the upcoming Presidential election. In addition, the study showed 55 percent of Democrats and 59 percent of Republicans felt significant stress.
While men and women are equally likely to feel stressed. It is important to point out that Millennials reported feeling more stress than Generation Xers and baby boomers. According to the study, 59 percent of Millennials reported feeling stressed in comparison to 50 percent of baby boomers.
It is important to point out that even though Millennials feel more stressed about the 2016 Presidential election, studies have shown they are less likely to vote. This has prompted Facebook and the Ad Council to promote innovative voters registration programs such as GoVoteBot – the Ad Council’s automated service that provides voters registration information and polling location details.
Researcher Lynn Bufka argued the reason behind the increase in stress levels is due to social media. “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.”
The American Psychological Association offers tips and advice to help Americans manage their stress during their election. Suggestions include limiting media consumption, avoiding getting into political discussions, and channel your stress into something positive.
“Whatever happens on Nov. 8, life will go on. Our political system and the three branches of government mean that we can expect a significant degree of stability immediately after a major transition of government. Avoid catastrophizing, and maintain a balanced perspective,” the APA says in the recent study.
Ultimately, it comes down to voting. The APA suggests voting will help people decrease their stress levels. “By voting, you will hopefully feel you are taking a proactive step and participating in what for many has been a stressful election cycle.”