According to one survey, nearly half of all Americans have argued with a friend, co-worker or family member at some point during this presidential election. University of Nebraska – Omaha Psychology Professor Dr. Carey Ryan there have always been arguments when it comes to political affiliation. She says changes are taking place and some are not accepting of that change.
Dr. Ryan says there have been a few things that have spiked the tension this election cycle. She says, “It is becoming increasingly clear that ethnic minorities are becoming the majority which is often threatening to a majority of people who are used to doing things a certain way. And then we have a female candidate potentially following an African American president so we have those changing demographics and there is certainly research indicating that when you remind, specifically white, you see they exhibit greater prejudice and greater hostility.”
Dr. Ryan says she can’t remember seeing to candidates so diametrically opposed on issues of basic values and those are the things that get people going. She says politicians are doing a good job at pointing these issues out so they become engaged and go vote.
According to Dr. Ryan, social media contributed to many of the arguments individuals during this election cycle. She says people feel more comfortable in exchanging barbs on the computer but rather than face-to-face. She says those feeling especially anxious or stressed out should take a break from politics and social media and unplug for a while.