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The Great American Burnout

Episode Summary

Now more than ever, Americans are feeling burned out and it's not just because of COVID. Then, we look at what experts see in the future for our ubiquitous digital spaces. Finally, we head back to 1952 for our fun fact. Warning! It may burst your bubble...gum!

Episode Notes

In December 2021, Gallup found that 1 out of 3 Americans feel the effects of burnout "often" but we wanted to know what's fueling this fire. It's partly due to some of the workplace changes wrought by the COVID pandemic and partly due to our collective American pessimism. One big question is, will we stayed burned out once the clouds clear?

Next, we are joined by Dr. Kat Schrier, Associate Professor and Founding Director of the Games and Emerging Media program at Marist College, and author of We are the Gamers: How Games Teach Ethics and Civics. With the popularity of digital spaces on the rise, there's a lot of worry about what happens next. Do they help or hurt society, kids, adults, and the culture?

Finally, we hope this fun fact won't burst your bubble, but this week is all about chewing gum!

Keep up with Dr. Kat Schrier on Twitter at @drgamermom.

About Poll Hub

Each week, Poll Hub goes behind the science to explain how polling works, what polls really show, and what the numbers really mean. Poll Hub is produced by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, home of America’s leading independent college public opinion poll, the Marist Poll.

Lee Miringoff (Director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion), Barbara Carvalho (Director of the Marist Poll), and Jay DeDapper (Director of Innovation at the Marist Poll) dig deep to give you a look at the inner workings of polls and what they tell us about our world, our country, and ourselves.