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Thu Apr 25, 2019, 02:41 PM

Americans Are Among the Most Stressed People in the World, Poll Finds [View all]

Source: NY Times

Americans are among the most stressed people in the world, according to a new survey. And that's just the start of it.
Last year, Americans reported feeling stress, anger and worry at the highest levels in a decade, according to the survey, part of an annual Gallup poll of more than 150,000 people around the world, released on Thursday.

"What really stood out for the U.S. is the increase in the negative experiences," said Julie Ray, Gallup's managing editor for world news. "This was kind of a surprise to us when we saw the numbers head in this direction."

For the annual poll, started in 2005, Gallup asks individuals about whether they have experienced a handful of positive or negative feelings the day before being interviewed. The data on Americans is based on responses from more than 1,000 adults.

In the United States, about 55 percent of adults said they had experienced stress during "a lot of the day" prior, compared with just 35 percent globally. Statistically, that put the country on par with Greece, which had led the rankings on stress since 2012. About 45 percent of the Americans surveyed said they had felt "a lot" of worry the day before, compared with a global average of 39 percent. Meanwhile, the share of Americans who reported feeling "a lot" of anger the day before being interviewed was the same as the global average: 22 percent. -More...

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Gallup investigated the responses more closely and found that being younger than age 50, being low income and having a dim view of President Trump's job performance were associated with negative experiences among adults in the US. There still isn't enough data to know for certain if any of those factors were related to feelings of stress, worry and anger.

*TIME, Americans Are Among The Most Stressed- Out People in the World, A New Global Survey Says, April 25, 2019

"In the U.S., 55% of respondents told Gallup they’d felt a lot of stress the day before, well above the global average of 35%. Gallup’s research found that lower-income Americans tended to report more stress, as did those who disapprove of President Donald Trump. Prior studies and polls have found that finances, health and health care and politics and current events are leading stressors for Americans, and social media and technology are frequently blamed for stress and mental health issues as well.

Many of the countries experiencing roughly as much stress as the U.S. were embroiled in political turmoil of some kind, whether humanitarian, economic or security-related. Greece, the Philippines and Tanzania were the only countries with stress rates higher than the U.S. Albania, Iran and Sri Lanka were tied with the U.S.

While some stress is normal and even healthy, chronic stress is connected to a range of conditions, including mental health issues, cognitive changes and chronic disease. That makes widespread stress a public-health issue. Americans felt plenty of other negative emotions, too. Forty-five percent said they'd felt worried during the day before the survey, and 22% said they'd felt angry. The global averages for those feelings were 39% and 22%, respectively.

The Gallup report, in keeping with prior studies, found that younger Americans (defined in the report as those between the ages of 15 and 49) were the most likely to feel stressed, worried or angry. The American Psychological Association in 2018 found that Generation Z is the most stressed-out age group due to factors such as violence, political turmoil, finances and health. And Millennials and Gen Z are known to have disproportionately high rates of anxiety, loneliness and depression, which can be tied to stress."

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