How Have Reading Habits Changed Since The 2016 Election? Millennial Women On What They're Reading In Trump's America


A lot has changed in the months since Donald Trump was sworn into office, both on a political level and a personal one. Bustle’s State of Our Unions series looks at how millennial women's relationships with their friends, family members, and romantic partners have been affected since the 2016 election. Today's topic: millennial women reveal how their reading habits have changed post-election.

No matter what side you voted for, your life is probably a bit different than it was before Nov. 9, 2016. As a liberal, I can say, for certain, this is the case. Although I've always been involved in politics to a degree, my interest in them and my need to join the resistance and get out there to make a difference, far exceeds what I ever thought I was capable of doing. My heart might be a little worse off since November, but what bad-assery I had in me before, has quadrupled since that fateful day.

"If you are feeling scared, enraged, upset, or otherwise distressed, recognize when you've had enough and consider what you can do to feel better," licensed clinical psychologist Marni Amsellem, Ph.D., tells Bustle. "When you realize you're hitting an uncomfortable level of discomfort, surround yourself with calm. Turn off the TV, put your phone away, and don't go online for a little while. Turn on some music, take a bath, take the dog for a walk, or listen to a meditation app. Breathe. Whatever it is that brings you calm, take that moment of calm unapologetically."

Because of the effect that the election has had, and continues to have on much of the population, the reading habits of some, if not many, have changed to suit the politically-charged atmosphere in which we live. For some, that may mean reading more fantasy novels to escape the warped reality of it all, while for others it could mean delving deeper into websites that focus on current political issues. There are also, of course, those of us who have turned to George Orwell's 1984, because how else does someone deal when Kellyanne Conway drops a bomb like "alternative facts" on the country?

I spoke to millennial women about how their reading habits have changed, if at all, since the 2016 presidential election. Here's what they told me.

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As we reach the mid-point of 2017, reading, for some, has become both a lifeline to sanity and a way to stay in the know. And, for many, the results of Nov. 9 have had one hell of an impact on what we choose to consume, for all obvious reasons.