There are few constants in this topsy-turvy world of ours: Death and taxes, famously. And I’d add to that the virtual certainty that someone, somewhere is devoting an inordinate amount of energy to a completely stupid online argument about politics.
But, as it turns out, the 2016 presidential election has been so tumultuous, so exhausting that even arguing seems futile for an increasing number of social media users.
According to a just-released study from the Pew Research Center, a full 37% of social media users are “worn out” by political posts online. What’s more, nearly 60% of respondents said discussing politics with people they disagree with is “stressful and frustrating.”
Put it all together, and you’ve got an election season that’s taken the simple joy of arguing online and turned it into a stressful chore. ¡Qué horror!
With that in mind, it’s easy to understand why an overwhelming majority of people—83%, according to Pew—simply ignore political posts they disagree with. Similarly, nearly 40% of respondents said they have actively unfollowed people who post controversial political content.
We’ve got just less than two weeks to go before this is all over, one way or another. You’re not alone. You can do it. Soon it’ll be safe once again to argue online about the things that really matter.