Holiday time is fast approaching and with the festivities come attending social events. Sometimes these social events can be quite large. You’ll also be shopping at the mall or Big Box Stores this upcoming holiday season. Have the recent mass shootings had any effect on your social and shopping habits?
A third of U.S. adults are so stressed by the prospect of mass shootings that they avoid visiting certain places or attending certain events, according to a new survey from the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Harris Poll. Respondents said that fear was so great they avoid going to certain places or events, and almost a quarter said they’ve changed their lives due to fear of mass shootings.
Public events, malls, schools and movie theaters were the places or occasions that most commonly sparked fears of a shooting. This year alone, mass shootings have occurred in a bank, a college, a warehouse, a municipal center, an apartment, a food festival, a Walmart and a downtown district.
Ever since the recent shooting at a WalMart in El Paso Texas, I have not set foot inside a WalMart. Instead, I order online directly from WalMart and have whatever I need delivered, free of charge. I do all my banking online. I’ve switched filling my prescriptions at a brick and mortar company to an online company. I’m on the waiting list to have my groceries from Aldi, delivered. I don’t go to the movies which caused me to switch my Netflix membership to Amazon Prime. The latter offers more free movies and for a smallish price I can view more recent movies currently playing in the theater.
I’m very cognizant and mindful where I am lately. I look around and locate the exits before I do anything else. I calculate how I would escape should violence erupt. Needless to say the reality that mass shootings can erupt any where, at any time has created an enormous amount of stress and anxiety for me lately. I have found it best to stay home for a while and see what happens in the near future.
How about you? Have the recent mass shootings caused you to alter your previous way of life? Do you avoid crowds now? Stay at home more? When we have upsetting news, people respond in different ways.
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