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For those people who venture out to shop or pick up food at a restaurant, it is evident that something is up with people. I see two types of reactions on their faces:
- They are living in abject fear of catching this illness or being forced into poverty.
- They are frustrated to the limit over a situation for which they have no control.
Either way, I have sensed that people are at their breaking points, and a new study released Tuesday confirms my observations.
Published by Study Finds, the research found that nearly three out of every four Americans will snap if stay-at-home orders last through mid-June. In fact, since most people have already been locked down for 60 to 90 days, more than a quarter already admit they are at their breaking point.
I know I am.
The results point to some scary indicators for the future, such as nearly one in five people don’t even know if they would ever feel safe dining out again.
Younger people are more likely to reach their breaking points earlier than geezers like me. That’s to be expected when people have more energy to get out and “do something.”
So, what is driving so many Americans to this point? The top “breaking point drivers” cited by respondents were loneliness, constant arguments with one’s spouse or family, extreme worry over mundane activities like visiting the grocery store, and constant anxiety.
Interestingly, compared to how Americans felt about the economy during the Great Recession, it seems far more people feel eventually the country will recover from the current downturn.
The full survey results can be found at www.studyfinds.org.