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US Presidential election stressing out Americans, says study

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Washington: The 2016 US Presidential election is a significant source of stress for over half the Americans, with those using social media more likely to be affected, according to a new survey ahead of one of the most adversarial contests in recent history. Daily coverage of US presidential election dominates every form of mass media.

The survey was conducted online among 3,511 adults aged over 18 living in the US by the American Psychological Association (APA). About 52 per cent of American adults reported that the 2016 election is a very or some what significant source of stress. “We’re seeing that it doesn’t matter whether you’re registered as a Democrat or Republican – US adults say they are experiencing significant stress from the current election,” said Lynn Bufka, APA’s associate executive director for practice research and policy. The survey also showed that social media appears to affect Americans’ stress levels when it comes to the election and related topics. Nearly 4 in 10 adults said that political and cultural discussions on social media cause them stress. In addition, adults who use social media are more likely than adults who do not to say the election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress.

Millennials and “matures” are the most likely to say the election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress Survey findings show that election-related stress does not confine itself to one racial or ethnic group. Rather, it appears to manifest across groups – more so in some than others.