A new survey from intelligent.com has now shed light on the true impact that cancel culture is having across America, but in particular among college and university students, who no longer feel comfortable speaking their minds for fear of cancellation.
And as the survey from intelligent.com shows, it is generally conservative students who are most impacted by fear of cancellation:
The survey also helped to shed light on exactly what students are afraid will happen if they do share their true opinions in class.
According to the survey, men are significantly more concerned about speaking up than are women, with men fearing a potential loss of respect, while women primarily are concerned with avoiding ridicule from others.
The survey also broke down the phenomena by region, to see if particular states where more vulnerable to the influence of cancel culture than others:
The survey also asked students how likely they would be to take a class with a professor who had the opposite political views. Somewhat unsurprisingly conservatives were actually significantly more likely to want to take a class run by someone with differing political beliefs than either moderates or liberals:
The survey also went onto reveal that were also self censoring in social situations, online and among their friends.
In online spaces, 58% of conservative students, 53% of moderate students, and 51% of liberals “always” or “often” refrain from expressing opinions on political or social issues, out of concern for potential consequences.
Students are more likely to speak openly when socializing with peers in person, although 51% of conservative students, 50% of liberals, and 46% of moderates say they “always” or “often” refrain from speaking up.
As will voicing their opinions in classrooms, in social situations, men are more likely to refrain from speaking all or most of the time, regardless of political ideology.
The entire study, entitled ‘Half of College Students Fear Expressing Their Ideas in Classrooms’ can be read here.