Social media affecting Americans' stress levels ahead of US Presidential elections: Reports

News Agencies | First published: 17 October 2016, 14:10 IST

According to a new survey ahead of the 2016 US Presidential election, a significant number of Americans have been engulfed by stress - those using social media more likely to be affected more.

Daily coverage of the 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% of American adults reported that the 2016 election is a very or somewhat 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.

Across party lines, those registered as Democrats (55%) and Republicans (59%) are statistically equally likely to say the election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress.

"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," said Bufka.