Actively follow the news from the world of politics? Scientists believe that perhaps this is not worth it. According to a study published in the journal PLOS One, news from the world of politics can adversely affect health. The study showed that 11.5% of US residents believe that politics harms their physical health. According to 38% of respondents, news from the world of politics is the cause of stress, while one in five said that they could not fall asleep due to an endless stream of news.
The Age of Information Storm
We have repeatedly written that one of the global21st century problems is an overabundance of information. Often, our inability or unwillingness to verify the facts leads to sad consequences. Such as mass rejection of vaccinations, belief in flat land or conspiracy theories. At the same time, the number of various news in the world is growing every day. There is a lot of news about politics, world leaders and their decisions, not only on the Internet - let's not forget about TV.
According to scientists, the published work isThe first study to examine the impact of news on mental and physical health. Experts note that in the United States during the 2016 election season, society was divided on a political basis. The effect of this division of opinion on individuals has been taken into account by sociologists and health researchers. Note that a similar division of opinions was observed in Russia at the end of 2014.
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As it turned out, political confrontationpractically led to a public health crisis. According to the study, 4.1% of respondents admitted that they had suicidal thoughts due to recent political events in the country. The United States population is approximately 13 million people.
How do policy news affect health?
In the course of the study, scientists used the dataYouGov is a British international Internet company engaged in market research and data analysis. Information was collected over five days in March 2017 - about two months after the inauguration of Donald Trump. In total, about 800 respondents from a group of 1.8 million people were interviewed. The study is based on diagnostic tools used by the Society of Alcoholics Anonymous (OAA) and Anonymous Players (OAI), and included 32 questions that can be divided into four categories - physical health, mental health, regretting one's own behavior, and social or living expenses. .
You may be wondering: How does emotionality affect political views?
Along with negative effects on the physical andThe mental health of Americans, the chaotic and often controversial news cycle leads people to lose their temper (29.3%). The flow of information also contributes to problems in relationships - one in five said that opposing political views have undermined friendship, and 14.6% said that differences in political views negatively affected family relationships.
More than 2.1% of respondents believe thatthey worry too much about who wins or loses the election, and 26.4% admitted that they were depressed when they lost the candidate they chose. Almost a third (31.8%) agreed with the statement that the influence of mass media propagandizing views contrary to their beliefs can be insane.
Interested in politics - bad?
The results of the study indicatethat people perceive politics as a bad factor for health. Stress is a real phenomenon that can have disastrous consequences for health, which we often write about on the pages of our publication. Stress is associated with the development of many diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, depression, as well as gastrointestinal diseases.
As another source of stress, scientistsThey call it “environmental concern,” or concern about the future of the planet due to climate change and the inaction of world leaders. According to a study by the American Psychological Association (APA), $ 58 representatives of Generation Z (people born in the mid-nineties to mid-2000) and 51% of adult Americans report being stressed about climate change. News of mass executions, rising suicides, separation and deportation of migrant families also provokes stress among residents of the United States.
Note that this study has so faris one of a kind. We hope that in the future, scientists will pay more attention to the impact of news on mental health. Do you follow the latest news from the world of politics? Discuss the news affect you and how it is possible in the comments and with the participants of our Telegram chat.