Political Climate And Social Media Has Raised Stress Levels In America
(Last Updated On: February 28, 2017)

With the media constantly peppering major social media networks with lots of manufactured controversies and hit-pieces against anyone they feel needs to be taken down a peg, it has created an actual adverse effect on people using social media. According to the American Psychological Association, they released a study where they revealed that 57% of Americans admitted that the political climate has contributed to a somewhat significant amount of stress in their life. That number is up from 52% of Americans feeling the political climate induced stress in their life from back in August, 2016.

According to the Portland Press Herald, a lot of Americans are undergoing stress due to the fact that 65% of Americans use social media as of 2015, compared to just 7% from back in 2005. That’s a massive 58% jump over the last decade.

Those aged between 18 and 29 years of age have seen an even bigger jump, with 90% of respondents admitting to using social media compared to just 12% from a decade ago.

All of this social media usage – and the turmoil that comes with it – has significantly contributed to raised stress levels in young and older adults alike. That’s no surprise given how much Twitter and Facebook have created social divides with manufactured segregation between political sides. They’ve purposefully filtrated out certain trends or keep certain people from viewing certain kinds of hashtags in order to control the message. This ranges from censoring topics like Pizzagate, to ensuring that certain Conservative viewpoints are squelched from the public view on Facebook.

Major social media corporations have also gone a step further, using things like message throttling and shadowbans in order to prevent certain people from engaging with others. This creates a lot of hostility, echo-chambers and negative information feedback loops.

Even more than that, the report indicates that the high-stress factors in American life have also raised expectations in the employment field, forcing a lot of people to constantly check their e-mail and work load remotely. The report indicates that on a 10 point scale, people who constantly check their work e-mail on their days off have a stress level of 6.0.

It’s kind of sad that the report seems to indicate that Americans are over-worked and overly worked up regarding the divisive political climate that was made this way thanks to corrupt media outlets. In fact, 70% of Americans think that the mainstream media has done nothing but contribute negativity to the nation.

Of course, there is one way to fix the problem with the perception of stress and social media, and I think Tyler the Creator had the right idea five years ago.

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  • Disqusted

    Don’t worry, we can count on the mainstream media for their unbiased, riveting and informative reporting:
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C5xgVoBUsAAGvOM.jpg

    MainstreamJournoPros much? Meanwhile, CNN apparently cropped out all the black leaders, because they don’t fit their narrative.

  • durka durka

    in the oscars that pathetic excuse of a comedian implied that everyone hates USA now because Trump is president…no fucktard, everyone hates USA because it intervenes like its world police, if it stays on its fucking corner of the planet, no one would have a problem with it and trump not starting wars left and right is far more impactfull than being anti PC and mocking journalists.

    These fucking elites have their priorities screwed. They wanted to vote for wallstreet shill corrupt shillary killignton who is pro TPP and bombs every country in the middle east she can find in the map because she was PC and a woman and not trump because he wants to kick the illegals out and says naughty words.

    Fucking retards!!! They do not represent the average person, they are the elite, when will they fucking get it?

  • If you ask me, social media and networking has become a cancer for the most part.

    I remember it starting off a good thing, as it meant that people can easily interact with others and receive immediate updates, and become more “personal” with their favourite companies/organizations/celebrities/etc.

    Unfortunately, it’s also given a platform for the most bitter, hateful and spiteful people (such as SJWs and feminists) to spew their hatred in large numbers and be able to connect with each other globally. It’s also given them direct communication with companies/organizations/celebrities/etc. as well, which means they can whine and complain directly to them to get things censored or banned.

    Social media, especially Twitter, is a system that encourages and breeds group-think, mob mentality and lynch-mob behaviour. If want an example of this, take a look at what happened to that scientist Matt Taylor. SJWs/feminists completely harassed and bullied him into tears and forced him to apologize on national TV.

    It would not as bad if the mainstream social media actually allowed differing opinions and dissent to the SJW narrative, but as we all know, it doesn’t. Which makes it even worse.

    I think mainstream social media needs to be reformed to allow for all speech. If it cannot do that then it needs to die. It’s been nothing but witch-hunts towards conservatives and men.

    • SevTheBear

      It’s really sad that News and social media has become load of one sided BS from SJW and feminists :/

    • LurkerJK

      I don’t think reforming the media is the right path, the problem is the ppl IN the media and those were created by the flawed education system that allows children to be indoctrinated by fanatic nutjobs

      Fix the education, stop creating these ppl and media will either fix itself or die and be reborn