Living around people with opposing political viewpoints affects your ability to form close relationships and may even change your personality, a study says.

The findings also could help explain why so many Americans are moving to areas that suit them politically, further segregating the nation into “red” and “blue” states, said lead researcher William Chopik, Assistant Professor at Michigan State University.Red states and blue states refer to those states of the US whose residents predominantly vote for the Republican Party (red) or Democratic Party (blue) presidential candidates.