People’s emotional well-being in the United States and elsewhere may have declined during the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic that broke out in the United States in the beginning of the twenty-first century caused widespread lockdowns and disruptions to daily life, as well as a brief but severe economic recession that led to widespread unemployment.
Although Americans have resumed their daily routines, mental health issues still persist for some people three years later. New surveys released by the Pew Research Center outlines the level of psychological disruption during the global pandemic.
In the surveys, it was shown how about four-in-ten American adults experienced high levels of psychological distress during the pandemic. The surveys were conducted between March 2020 and September 2022.
According to at least one of these four surveys, 58% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 report experiencing high levels of psychological distress as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
High psychological distress is more common among women than men (48% vs. 32%) and among those living in low-income households (53% vs. 38% and 30%, respectively).
The Pew team polled U.S. citizens with a 5-question survey designed to gauge the extent to which people were suffering from emotional distress due to factors like isolation, anxiety, and lack of sleep over the previous week.
The surveys also showed that more than a third of high school students said they experienced mental health issues during the pandemic, according to the surveys. Around a third of parents (28%) are extremely or very worried that their teen’s use of social media will lead to problems with anxiety or depression.