Are you suffering from Impeachment Fatigue?

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The U.S. House Thursday voted to move forward with the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump under more formal rules.  This first recorded vote on impeachment fell along party lines.

But, were you paying attention?  

After so much impeachment talk for so long, more and more Kansans are simply ignoring what's happening in D.C.  For many it's become just too much information leading to what some call impeachment fatigue.

"It can get annoying from time to time if you're not really sure what's going on," said Rija Nazir.  

Nazir is studying political science at Wichita State and likes to stay up to date on what's happening in politics.  Even she finds it difficult to do sometimes with the presidential impeachment proceedings. For many of her less interested friends, it's even harder.

"They don't understand the process so they're like, 'Oh, when is it over?'" she said.

Julia Young agrees, saying that trying to understand what's happening can lead to information overload.

"I know a lot of people my age are pretty done with the whole thing," Young explained.

Which is why psychologist Dr. Molly Allen says so many Kansans have just stopped paying attention.  Even she does it sometimes.

"I see the talking heads,you know, start in on TV and it's like, OK, my eyes are glazing over," she laughed.

She says some of the reason voters check out is attention span.  This talk of impeachment has lasted much longer than in the case of Richard Nixon, and lacks the salacious details that grabbed people's attention in the Bill Clinton case.

"It's just kind of like, 'OK, we've been at this for two, three years now and were just kind of tired," she said.

Add to that the sheer amount of information out there this time around with the 24-hour news cycle and social media.

"So we start to feel that we're just incompetent at keeping up," Allen said.

When that happens, she suggests just stepping away for awhile.  Don't worry about monitoring every moment.
Nazir waits for breaks between classes to check on what's happening.  Young says she relies on family dinner conversations to stay up to date.

"There's so much happening in the political world right now that it's almost impossible to keep up with it all," Young said.

Dr. Allen also suggests working to get our news from multiple sources with different points of view.  Not only does that help keep the whole thing more interesting, it helps voters see all sides of the issues involved.

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