Answer: 84% of people surveyed said Americans are angrier today compared with a generation ago.
A little over a year ago, we founded Tag The Flag because quite frankly, we were fed up with every other available option. In other words, we were angry. Angry that we couldn’t find ONE nonpartisan news source. If you want news from the left you go to CNN. If you want news from the right you tune into Fox. There’s nothing wrong with that, but what if you wanted to wake up and see a little bit of both, and get “every view of the Red, White, and Blue”. Well, before our daily briefing, which we ended up calling “America’s Newsletter“, this didn’t exist, and we believe it helped encourage angst, anger, and divisiveness in our country. It looks like we weren’t the only ones feeling that way, and in fact, many people still find themselves getting “ticked off more often than they used to” according to NPR.
According to their latest poll, “some 84% of people surveyed said Americans are angrier today compared with a generation ago.” Even in the past year alone over 40% of respondents said they felt angrier with their own feelings. So what is making people so mad? Well, if our intro was any clue, a lot of it has to do with our national political climate right now which is fueled by (what we think is) partisan news. According to NPR, their poll found that roughly 30% of people felt angry when they were checking the news. On top of that, another 42% said that checking the news sometimes made them angry. When broken down by age group, the younger generation seemed to get more upset by what they read online or watched on TV. NPR noted that “older people — age 65 and up — were a little less likely to say that they were often angry when checking the news. Only 21% of seniors were in this category, compared with 38% of people younger than 35.” Similarly, “only 7% of people 65 and above said they were often angry when using social media, compared with 18% of people under 35.” Now, take this with a grain of salt. Older people don’t use social media as much as the “digitally native” younger generations, but at the end of the day, the stats fall in line with overall sensitivity.
One interesting takeaway from the poll was that NPR asked whether or not anger should be considered a negative emotion. They noted, “almost 7 in 10 said it is. But 31% said that isn’t the case. In some instances getting mad may be motivating and help lead someone to action.” The second part may hopefully be true, and if it is, we should view that as a good thing. The crux of the matter is that anger can have an adverse effect on your health. Everyday Health points out that, “chronic anger can increase your heart-attack and stroke risk. It can also weaken your immune system.” Look, if you haven’t signed up for our newsletter already, this is where we make our shameless plug. As we mentioned, the lack of nonpartisan news available drove us crazy. Moreover, social media and increased internet use make the stream of information feel like you’re drinking out of a firehose. Our goal is to give you a professionally curated, nonpartisan briefing that you can start your day with and not feel like pulling your hair out afterward. It’s okay that some people lean left, and others lean right – it’s one of the beautiful things about our country. But having one side or both shoved down your throat constantly is sure to drive anyone mad. Sign up today, and give our three-minute morning briefing a shot. Maybe we can help decrease the amount of angered Americans by next year’s survey.