It’s a time of tension in the U.S. between the pandemic, social and political issues—and all of these things are driving Americans to take a break from social media.
A poll of 2,000 people by Ohio State Wexner Medical Center finds 56 percent say they changed their social media habits because of tensions brought on by current U.S. events.
Twenty nine percent say their social media use increased because of these tensions, and 20 percent say they had taken breaks from social media.
Researcher Ken Yeager says, “Being constantly immersed in this stressful environment and being overexposed to contentious or traumatic events can make you feel like the world is a less safe place to be. And because these stressors have persisted over a long period of time, it’s wearing on people’s ability to cope with that stress. Even though you can’t control what happens on social media, it’s important to recognize how it may affect you and take steps to limit your exposure.”