According to a new psychological study that observed nearly 800 college students from Arizona State University from January to February 2017, just a couple of months after Donald Trump shocked the world to win the presidency, 25% of them exhibited symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in relation to the results of the election. Scientists involved with the study said the students affected in this way showed signs of stress equivalent to those exhibited by eye-witnesses to a major mass shooting event.
Please. Contain your laughter.
“What we were interested in seeing was, did the election for some people constitute a traumatic experience?” said head researcher Melissa Hagan. “And we found that it did for 25 percent of young adults. The scale is used to gauge the extent to which individuals have been impacted by an event in such a way that it might lead to diagnosable post-traumatic stress disorder.”
Hagan said she thought she knew what might be at the center of the spike in PTSD.
“There was a lot of discourse around race, identity, and what makes a valuable American,” she said. “I think that really heightened stress for a lot of people.”
Of course, she’s not wrong about that. The only thing is, when you say it that way, it makes it sound like Trump himself was talking a lot about race and identity throughout the campaign, which is of course utterly untrue. It was the media and the Democrats, trying their damnedest to make Trump out to be some kind of New York City Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, who couldn’t stop talking about identity politics and Trump’s evil spell on White America.
Come to think of it, they’re STILL talking about that.
Today’s Millennials (or Gen Z, whichever one we’re at now) weren’t born soft. They were raised to be this way. They were raised with helicopter parenting, endless structured activities (where an adult was always, always present to settle even the mildest dispute), and other forms of overbearing protectiveness that molds a child into…well, a child. A child who does not know how to grow up. A child who needs safe spaces and trigger warnings once they get out into the real world. A child who cries at the thought of anyone voting for a Republican, considering Bruce Jenner a man, or proclaiming that “all lives matter.”
These are the Peter Pans who will be leading the country in another few years.
Just in case you needed a thought to keep you awake tonight.