“in part to show support for their fellow Democrats”
If you remember the insanity that unfolded on American college campuses, you might dispute the findings of this study.
The College Fix reports:
Study claims Democrats ‘over-reported’ mental stress following 2016 election
Remember studies like this one which showed some 25 percent of those surveyed reported “clinically significant” stress levels due to Donald Trump’s election?
That “clinically significant” part meant the equivalent of witnessing a school shooting … which is PTSD-level territory. The lead researcher of that study attributed such sky-high stress levels to Trump’s “divisive tone” on race and identity during the campaign.
Now, a new study from a Stanford PhD candidate and a trio of Microsoft analysts shows that many over-reported their psychological anguish over The Donald’s election, specifically that “most Democrats partook in ‘reverse’ cheerleading, or over reporting negative sentiments, in part to show support for their fellow Democrats.”
“Our research suggests that for many Democrats, expressing mental distress after the election was a form of partisan cheerleading,” the researchers wrote.
Reviewing more than 1 million online searches from before and after the election and comparing them with public surveys, the researchers explored the relationship between survey results (a public expression of feelings) and search results (a private exploration). They found a complicated relationship between what people claimed publicly to care about and how they engaged with these same issues privately.
[Democrats’ behavior] is in comparison to Republicans, who not only did not report a significant increase in stress after the 2016 election, but also did not report an increase in stress after Obama’s election in 2008.
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