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Tips for Talking Politics on Social Media and Surviving

Sue Scheff

Shame Nation

New survey: 46% of people are worn out by political posts and discussions.

It's seems like only yesterday when we were in the middle of cyber-combat with the 2016 election. It didn't matter what side of the political fence you were on, people were attacking friends, family and strangers—just because they didn't agree with them. There were mean memes, cruel jokes, disgusting comments and malicious content scrolling down news feeds as well as flying through twitter and other social platforms.

Social media is not for the faint of heart

PEW Research Center recently shared that 46 percent of U.S. social media users are simply exhausted or "worn-out" by the number of political posts and discussions they see online. This is up 9 percent since the 2016 survey

People who use social media sites are also more likely today than in the past to describe the political discourse on these platforms in negative terms. The majority of users, 68 percent, now describe politics online, especially with people they disagree with, as "frustrating and stressful." This has risen from 59 percent in 2016.

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