We’re more than a year away from the 2020 presidential election, and some U.S. social media users already want to hit the snooze button on politics.
A new survey from the Pew Research Center found that 46 percent of U.S. social media users feel “worn out” by politics on social media. That’s a 9 percent increase from 2016.
Pew asked 4,200 U.S. adults in June how they felt about about political discussions on social media. Thirty-eight percent said they “don’t feel strongly” about seeing politics in their feeds, while only 15 percent said they liked it, a 5 percent decrease from 2016.
This is pretty bad news. The fact that seeing politics online is wearing us down could make us less likely to engage politically, which is absolutely crucial with upcoming elections and life-and-death political issues plaguing the country.[…]