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Old 04-25-2019, 06:55 AM   #1
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Stress, Worry , Anger - Gallup

You might find the result of this Gallup poll, interesting. The comparisons of countries was not, to me, surprising, but at the end of the article is a comparison of the levels of angst. The age factor analysis seems to me a serious level of concern for the future.

The world is moving... fast.

https://news.gallup.com/poll/249098/...fied-2018.aspx
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Old 04-25-2019, 06:59 AM   #2
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Americans(British subjects) were likely more angry just prior to the American Revolution when we didn't even have a president......
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Is the group of people who answer the phone these days and agree to take a poll really random?
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Is the group of people who answer the phone these days and agree to take a poll really random?
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Results are based on telephone interviews with 1,004 adults in the U.S., aged 15 and older, conducted from Aug. 13- Sept. 30, 2018. For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is ±4.0 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. The margin of error reflects the influence of data weighting. In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.
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Read this today. With the level of media available to everyone nowadays, every possible worry out in the universe is placed on our shoulders. I'm glad that I grew up in a period where ignorance was bliss.
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On a brighter note, the same survey said that a significantly larger proportion of the population experienced a lot of enjoyment as opposed to stress, worry or anger over the same survey period.
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Et tu, Gallup?
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Et tu, Gallup?

I'm stressed, worried and angry that every news blurb, press release and factoid, regardless of topic, somehow has to sneak in a gratuitous reference to Donald Trump.
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The media is responsible for alot of the stress, anger, and worry in this country. By their biased reporting, everything was perfect until November 2016.

We all have our personal issues, but the constant media blitz of negative false stories, and opinion pieces have soured many of us. The divided political scene is also to blame...not much give and take going on.

Still working for magacorp, I didn't experience much of the "enjoyment" they were talking about yesterday.
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Is Porky soon to put in an appearance?
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Is Porky soon to put in an appearance?
Doesn’t have to, but it would help to keep politics (and politicians) out of the discussion.
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Doesn’t have to, but it would help to keep politics (and politicians) out of the discussion.

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Cold hard facts of why this issue is increasing.....media, and politics.
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Old 04-25-2019, 11:26 AM   #13
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Presumably the international part of this poll was done in the local language. Do each of those languages have a word that exactly matches what Americans consider to be "stress"? It's more likely instead each has a word similar to "stress" but with its own subtle, local connotations. With that in mind, I don't think this comparison of "stress" in different countries is valid.
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Cold hard facts of why this issue is increasing.....media, and politics.
+ a million times over, it gets them more clicks that's almost all the media cares about IMO..

as for politics not much different then the past, except for the fact they used to all coverup for each other, so that us "clueless" voters were left in the dark about how corrupt they all are.
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I finally curtailed my news intake, having gotten tired of being made angry all the time. Even when the topic is of interest to me, producers seem to have encouraged the talking heads to all talk at once which I find very frustrating.
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Read this today. With the level of media available to everyone nowadays, every possible worry out in the universe is placed on our shoulders.
And I think this illustrates the value of "turning" off these media feeds. I am reading a book "Deep W*rk" by Cal Newport and he discusses how social media and "feeds" of information has really affected society and has made it difficult for people to concentrate for extended periods of time. What point am I making, you ask? Well, with the constant barrage of bad news (we rarely hear GOOD news) that society seeks 24/7, I think it's natural that these "connected" folks will be stressed, worried and angry. My Dad (who passed last year at almost 91 y/o) was *always* seeking out news stories to be outraged against. As much as I tried to convince him that none of it would really effect him, he continued to seek it out, and that is sad to me.

I do my best to disconnect from the news and particularly the "feeds" of social media. I had a Facebook account for many years and had abandoned it for the last few years. Recently, I reactivated it to "see what I missed" and I used it for a good week before deactivating it again. All those years, and I didn't miss a thing. The people who are most important to me I still keep up with though other means than social media, and I am pretty certain that avoiding these feeds makes me a pretty happy person. Well, being retired doesn't suck, either.
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I finally curtailed my news intake, having gotten tired of being made angry all the time.
Yeah, me too. I stopped watching news a month ago, and I feel more peaceful. Negative emotions get a lot more traction in our brain than positive emotions, so that's what drives the media. It feeds off and reinforces division, anger, fear, self-righteousness, blame, vilification, prejudice, us vs. them, etc. It makes you a worse person.

Most of news doesn't affect me personally, and the small percentage that does, I can't usually do anything about anyway. I figure that if something really important happens, I'll find out about it eventually, lol. And in the meantime, my mind won't be cluttered with all that garbage, and I'll be free to focus on something more life-enhancing.
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Most of news doesn't affect me personally, and the small percentage that does, I can't usually do anything about anyway. I figure that if something really important happens, I'll find out about it eventually, lol. And in the meantime, my mind won't be cluttered with all that garbage, and I'll be free to focus on something more life-enhancing.
x100 on this thought. I ignore most of the news (I will watch the local news if weather looks dicey) and I have *yet* to miss anything that personally affects me. I get occasional texts from a friend who likes to be outraged and thankfully I usually have no idea what he's talking about.
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I finally curtailed my news intake, having gotten tired of being made angry all the time. Even when the topic is of interest to me, producers seem to have encouraged the talking heads to all talk at once which I find very frustrating.
You know, ever since I have stopped watching and reading the "news" (newspaper, TV, internet sources), my BP is staying normal (Doc has taken me off the BP meds permanently), I never feel stressed, I sleep better, and even my dog likes me more.

Really, this has been wonderful for me.
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Doesn’t have to, but it would help to keep politics (and politicians) out of the discussion.
My comment was not about a politician. It was about the linked article whose author felt an inexplicable need to connect his poll results to a politician.
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