Stresses of Online Political Discourse [...]

A majority of Republicans and Democrats say the 2016 election is a significant source of stress for them right now, according to a recent American Psychological Association poll. They should probably log off Facebook and Twitter. A new survey from the Pew Research Center suggests — in a result that will surprise precisely zero political reporters who tweet — that people don’t think social media is a particularly great vehicle for political discourse. Full 59 percent of social media users say interacting with people they disagree with is more “stressful and frustrating,” while 35 percent say it’s more “interesting and informative.” And by an even more lopsided 64 to 29 percent, they say they actually find they have less in common with people they disagree with rather than say they find more in common. These frustrations are — wait for it — bipartisan. (Source)

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