The Demographic and Psychological Aspects of Mask Wearing

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Jul 17 2020 17 mins   9

Megan Brenan, a research consultant at Gallup, published an article on July 13, 2020, about data collected in a recent Gallup Poll. Her article is titled, “Americans’ Face Mask Usage Varies Greatly by Demographics.” We were intrigued because every demographic breakdown comes with some psychological components.

Facemask use in public helps to stop the spread of coronavirus, according to the latest scientific sources. However, wearing a mask has become politized beyond the facts. Brenan’s article took an in-depth look at the demographic breakdown of usage of masks and we wanted to discuss the potential psychological issues associated with them.

We thought that there might be some psychological differences among the demographic groups. We wondered why some people are feeling like they don’t have to wear a mask, or that wearing a mask makes some people “sheep,” while others wear a mask without hesitation and can’t understand what might be motiving others to not wear a mask!

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Americans’ Face Mask Usage Varies Greatly by Demographics: Megan Brenan Gallup:

The Masks We Wear (and Don’t Wear): Shawn Burns Psychology Today:

Confrontation over face masks and the psychology behind why some people resist them: Jessical Flores USA Today:

The Masks We Wear (and Don’t Wear): Shawn Burns Psychology Today: