A new study has fascinating findings that could have big political implications. According to the study, all the widely publicized threats to our very nation and shattering of norms aren’t having a cumulative effect but instead are causing people to dull to outrage. In fact, the study shows that people completely tune out by about the fifth threat to our democracy per day.
Doctor Drew Stevenson is an outrage expert who conducted the study. He started his career researching the effects of random electrical shocks on the moods of monkeys, and now does similar research on Twitter and people. “When you have a bunch of people screaming that our country is under threat of being destroyed, that can get people’s attention,” said Stevenson. “But by the fifth time people start screaming something like that per day, it’s basically white noise.”