Is this really a surprise to anyone? The media has the American people so stressed out they are tuning out:
Last fall, the American Psychological Association found that almost two-thirds of Americans listed “the state of the nation” as their primary source of stress, above both money and work. More than half believed that America was at its lowest point in history. Almost 70 percent of all Americans feel a sense of “news fatigue,” according to the Pew Research Center. The nation’s emotional exhaustion even makes an appearance in a recent Enterprise Rental Car survey: When the company surveyed more than 1,100 Americans about their summer travel plans, the top three reasons given for traveling were stress, the news and the political climate.
“Just this morning I had a guy come in who is so distracted by the news that he can’t get his work done,” said Jonathan Alpert, a New York psychologist. “The levels of anxiety and stress I’m seeing are profound.”
“It’s way more relaxing than reading about Melania’s terrible jacket choice.”
Those heightened stress levels are reflected in Americans’ chosen leisure activities. Megan, a web developer in Nashville, has started re-watching “Parks and Recreation” because it’s about goofy, goodhearted people in politics. Jessica, a landscape architect in Boston, tunes out the news with obscure documentaries about the history of toys and cars. Dan, an editor in New York, now watches home renovation shows instead of the news while on the treadmill at the gym. And Rachel, a system designer in Massachusetts, loves “Aerial America” on the Smithsonian Channel.
If you’re wondering why the left is desperately jamming their politics into mainstream hobbies like video gaming and the NFL, it’s because of this kind of thing going on. They fully understand people are sick of the hysterics, the hoaxes and ginned up panics, and the political lectures, and just want to escape.
The left doesn’t want you to have an escape. I am quite sure the collapse in the power of the media was part of the impetus behind the decision to politicize the NFL.
You will be made to care.