Study Shows Americans Have Reached Their Breaking Point. Now What?

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Study Shows Americans Have Reached Their Breaking Point. Now What?

By Allyson Vannatta, Senior Writer

A new study shows that Americans are at their breaking point as COVID-19 stay-at-home orders remain in effect.

Kelton Global’s Chief Insights Officer Dr. Martin Eichholz said in a release, “Our findings highlight the increasingly serious implications of stay-at-home orders, and puts some urgency on the actions of politicians and organizations who try to manage the COVID-19 fallout.”

Kelton Global surveyed over 1,800 people 18 years or older about when they will hit their breaking point with staying at home. The survey was conducted between April 3 and April 6, and at that time, 16% of people said they had already hit their breaking point.

The number continued to rise as the survey increased the number of weeks citizens would be in quarantine. Twenty-five percent said they would hit their breaking point two weeks from when the survey was conducted.

Seventy-two said they would reach a breaking point by mid-June, and 100% of respondents said they would crack if stay-at-home orders lasted longer than six months.

They survey expanded upon other anxieties people may have during the virus and beyond.

Sixty-nine percent of Americans feel “extremely worried” about flying on an airplane, 76% are worried about going on a cruise, 62% say they fear going to a restaurant, 58% are anxious about using a ride share service, and 53% are even worried to go to the hospital for an emergency while the coronavirus is still the main priority.

The top breaking points for those surveyed included loneliness, arguing with family members or significant others daily, extreme worry about normal activities like going to the grocery store, and constant anxiety.

However, while these worries and fears may be overwhelming, people are not without hope.

First, find peace knowing that God is always with you. He calls us to cast our fears and anxieties on Him because He is the only one who can make us feel totally secure, not only during times like these, but always. Stay in the Word and stay in prayer about the things causing you anxiety.

Second, now more than ever, it is important to stay connected. Churches across America are meeting virtually, so find one to attend while staying at home.

Third, be thankful for what you do have during this time. Maybe it’s your morning cup of coffee or having dinner with your family around the table. It all matters.

Finally, check out some of Movieguide® Founder and Publisher Dr. Ted Baehr’s devotional videos for additional encouragement right now.

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