The policy stresses and makes you sick

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Sleep disturbances, frustration, and strained friendships. Researchers have investigated for the first time, what is the impact of political discourse on the body and Psyche. The result: politics is bad for the health.

You know, you look in the evening news, and then your mood is completely in the basement? Lay out the newspaper, shaking his head to the side, because the whole world has seemingly gone mad? The political discourse is robbing you of sleep? You argue more and more often, even with close friends or Relatives of current political issues?

The US-American University of Nebraska-Lincoln has now investigated comprehensively for the first time, how strong us the part had not been burdened with the political discourse, both physically and emotionally. According to the study, 40 percent of the surveyed Americans indicated that the policy stresses you, and every fifth was to sleep because the policy is bad.

Tear through the already divided Nation

The researchers examined primarily the US election in 2016, had resulted in the already highly polarized society to a further cleavage. “In twenty percent of friendships have been political differences of opinion, damaged. Every Fifth reported fatigue. And there is a smaller (proportion of), but 4% of the respondents in our sample said that they had due to the policy thoughts of suicide. The are 10 million people,” said Kevin Smith, a political scientist from Nebraska, who led the study. This’ll be a real crisis in health care. The results are published in the journal PLOS ONE.

Heated tempers 2016 supporters at the meeting of Democrats and Trump

These data were raised by the British opinion research Institute YouGov, the respondents five days in March 2017, a total of 800 people. For representative samples, YouGov uses a Panel of 1.8 million people. Particularly stressed by the political discourse in particular, Respondents from the left of the political spectrum, according to Kevin Smith.

Policy attacks the Psyche

A total of 11.5 percent of the respondents stated that the policy had a negative impact on your physical health. 31,8% said that they do crazy, if the media views that are contrary to their personal Beliefs.

The 29.3% reported that they had lost due to the policy of control. 22,1% were of the opinion that they were taking too much of the outcome of the election.

Since this is the first study of its kind, want to Smith and his Co-authors to extend the survey in the future to other policy fields.


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