Millennials are Now Generation Stressed

Millenials

Generations began receiving names with the “Baby Boomers,” who were followed by “Generation X.” The following population growing into early adulthood in the 2000s has been known as “Generation Y” and the “Millennials.” Now, new research published in Stress in America suggests this same group might merit a different name, “Generation Stress.” The study, commissioned by the American Psychological Association, found that Millennials are the demographic group that experiences the most stress on a scale of 1-10. The Millennials rated themselves higher than any other group with an average of 5.4 stress levels. This group also reported higher increases in stress over the past year, and more loss of sleep due to stress than any other population surveyed. Additionally, Millennials complicate matters by logging less sleep than Baby Boomers or “mature” respondents.

The higher levels of stress are creating greater levels of irritability and anger from stress,  and higher numbers suffering from depression among the Millennial population. There may be longer lasting effects in the future for the group, as consistent high levels of stress can be contributing factors in developing major medical problems including obesity, hypertension, diabetes, cardiac problems, and stroke.  Yet, under one fifth of all Millennials asked reported receiving a great deal of support managing stress from their primary health care provider. Over three quarters of Millennials listed work as a significant stressor, which is unsurprising to experts evaluating the job market amidst the recent increase to 13.1% unemployment among the demographic. However, the Millennials see a light at the end of the tunnel, and according to a recent Gallup poll, 80% of Millennials are optimistic about their futures improving. They see standard of living increasing, and hopefully this would mean their stress going down.

Source courtesy of The Huffington Post. Image courtesy of Los Angeles Times.

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