I've notice that my friends have been using the phrase "I feel like" as a replacement for "I think," in everyday speech. For example, instead of saying "I think that media's coverage of this presidential campaign is biased," they would say "I feel like the media's coverage...." It happens in far less intellectual instances as well, for instance: "I feel like we should do the Matterhorn next, not Splash Mountain." It also seems that the phrase is more prevalent in spoken rather than written English.
Is this significant? Does it signal a sea change in how we express convictions? Are Americans becoming more driven by emotional decision making, rather than a reason-based approach? Was it ever reason-based in the first place? Does a emotion/reason dichotomy hold water?