Thanksgiving dinner is yet another cost of the 2016 presidential election, with researchers finding visits were 30 to 50 minutes shorter when people visited precincts that tended to vote differently than theirs.
Scientists at UCLA and Washington State University (WSU) used anonymous cell phone data that included more than 10 million users' home locations in the weeks before Thanksgiving and their locations on Thanksgiving afternoon.
They then cross-referenced this with voting data and weighted users based on the proportion of Democratic and Republican votes in their home precincts.
Economists found Thanksgiving visits that were 30 to 50 minutes shorter when people had different political parties after the presidential election of 2016iPhone transfer software
'Politics actually affects how long we spend at Thanksgiving dinner,' said Ryne Rohla, a doctoral candidate at WSU.
'Also, these partisan differences are inflamed by political advertising.'
When users visited precincts that tended to vote differently than theirs, they stayed 30 to 50 minutes less than the average Thanksgiving visit of 4.2 hours in 2015, a political off year.
Travelers going from Republican precincts to Democratic ones tended to shorten their visits 50 to 70 minutes and those going from Democratic precincts to Republican ones tended to shorten their visits 20 to 40 minutes.
They found that visits were even shorter for people coming from media markets with lots of political advertising.
People from those areas stayed up to three times