The post title is a copy and paste from the first and sixth paragraphs of the linked popular science article here :
> Some young adults in the United States experienced an increase in biological stress after Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, according to new research that appears in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology. The study measured levels of the stress hormone cortisol before, during, and after the election.
> The researchers examined 286 young adults (18-25 years old) from November 6 to 10 in 2016. The participants completed nightly surveys measuring their stress levels, emotions, activities, and election involvement. They also provided three salivary samples per day, which were used to measure their cortisol levels.
Lindsay T. Hoyt, Katharine H. Zeiders, Natasha Chaku, Russell B. Toomey, Rajni L. Nair,
Young adults’ psychological and physiological reactions to the 2016 U.S. presidential election,
Psychoneuroendocrinology, 2018, ISSN 0306-4530,
• Major sociopolitical events can affect individuals’ psychology and physiology.
• Negative mood increased before the election and peaked on election night.
• Stress responses across election week were largely dependent on individual factors.
> Elections present unique opportunities to study how sociopolitical events influence individual processes. The current study examined 286 young adults’ mood and diurnal cortisol responses to the 2016 U.S. presidential election in real-time: two days before the election, election night, and two days after the election of Donald Trump, with the goal of understanding whether (and the extent to which) the election influenced young adults’ affective and biological states. Utilizing piecewise trajectory analyses, we observed high, and increasing, negative affect leading up to the election across all participants. Young adults who had negative perceptions of Trump’s ability to fulfill the role of president and/or were part of a non-dominant social group (i.e., women, ethnic/racial minority young adults) reported increased signs of stress before the election and on election night. After the election, we observed a general “recovery” in self-reported mood; however, diurnal cortisol indicators suggested that there was an increase in biological stress among some groups. Overall, findings underscore the role of macro-level factors in individuals’ health and well-being via more proximal attitudes and physiological functioning.
A lot of this is social environment. I personally didn't (and still don't) think this was nearly as much of a disaster as people were making it out to be, but that didn't stop me from getting stressed. It turns out that being surrounded by people who are freaking out puts you on edge, regardless of your personal feelings on the matter.
From my observations, the stress is largely induced by MSM, actors, political figures, shows, etc.
Is there any correlation between certain news sources consuming and the stress? Is there any correlation between being involved in political discussion (for example, amount of comments in social media) and the stress?
Sure! One classic example is in the way local officials deliver disaster information to the public. Remaining calm and confident in delivering information to the public correlates with a confidence among the public that the disaster can be successfully recovered from.
This is also a factor in corporate crisis response. The affective cues with spokesperson behaviors are implicitly communicated to the public. If they seem nervous or anxious, the public gets nervous and anxious, too.
On a personal level, there’s also evidence that kids actually learn how to respond to injuries based on parental reactions. Children get upset when they see that mom or dad seems upset.
A similar effect occurs with medical doctors. Even before the diagnosis is delivered, patients often feel confident and optimistic based purely on the doctor’s bedside manner, even without a specific prognosis.
This isn’t my ideal link, but it’s a decent intro to some of the extant lit.