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By Deann Gayman
University Communication 

Still Stressed: American's Political Diet Harmful to Overall Health

40% Cite Politics as a Significant Stressor in Their Lives

 

January 19, 2022



Lincoln — Scrolling social media, reading websites, listening to podcasts, watching news. With so many options, it’s never been easier to follow American politics, but at what cost?

According to research from University of Nebraska–Lincoln political scientist Kevin Smith, all the political jockeying is harmful to our health, has been for some time, and even a change in party power didn’t help.

In a follow-up to the groundbreaking 2017 survey study where he first measured the effects of the political climate on Americans’ physical, social, mental and emotional health, Smith has p...



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