Social scientists are able to measure interest in a particular subject by examining google search rates. And, in the last 8 years, according to a Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, an economist, the rate of google searches for anxiety has doubled. Interestingly, Mr. Stephens-Davidowitz did not find that search rates for anxiety related topics increased after terrorist events. But unsurprisingly, economic downturn and unemployment was strongly correlated with google queries on anxiety. Hard economic times increases our apprehension. It can push them over the edge.
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