Green Room

Survey says: The youths are even more stressed out than other generations

posted at 12:00 pm on February 8, 2013 by

Huh. The Hopenchange generation is also the most stressed out, most especially about work and money. I wonder if there could be some kind of correlation there.

Those ages 18-33 — the Millennial generation — are plenty stressed, and it’s not letting up: 39% say their stress has increased in the past year; 52% say stress has kept them awake at night in the past month. And more than any other age group, they report being told by a health care provider that they have either depression or an anxiety disorder.

The online survey of 2,020 U.S. adults 18 and older, conducted in August by Harris Interactive for the American Psychological Association, has been taking the stress pulse of Americans since 2007.

On a 10-point scale, where 1 means “little or no stress” and 10 means “a great deal of stress,” the 2012 average is 4.9.

But for Millennials, it’s 5.4.

Recently in the Green Room:

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

The question is, are they understanding the lesson that “you get what you pay for”?

fabrexe on February 8, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Lousy job prospects, huge national debt and entitlements will be bankrupt long before they qualify. And they will be required to buy unnecessary medical coverage or accept going on public assistance before their adult lives even get started. I wonder why they are worried?

forest on February 8, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Good. Let them all go prematurely gray from worry. They brought it on themselves with their self-destructive votes for the current circumstances and heaped misery on all of us.

Kensington on February 8, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Are they stressed about why their job prospects suck? or because they have to wait sooo long to hear John Stewart tell them what the “news” of the day is? or who will survive on American Idol?

gsherin on February 8, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Hahaha. Vote for more liberals because they love teh gheys. Never mind about your failed dreams of being something more than a Starbucks barrista.

Ted Torgerson on February 8, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Their stressed because from birth they have been so spoiled and removed from responsibility that they are totally unprepared for the realities of life. Parents give them everything they want without having to lift a finger for it. Yes there are some that come up the hard way but VERY few these days.

SgtRed on February 8, 2013 at 12:40 PM

lol at all of you bashing my generation. let’s not forget who raised us!

Sachiko on February 8, 2013 at 12:53 PM

anyway, to respond to the article: YES i am VERY stressed. this entire semester of school has been terrible so far due to all the stress and (mild) depression i’ve had. it’s caused by a few life issues and lately it’s caused by SCHOOL! it’s not caused by the job market. the thought of graduating college and getting a job in “the real world” used to scare me but i just hate school more and more and now i am excited to finish school an get a job. but i won’t finish until august =( school is full of boring and pointless assignments. at least when you have a job, your work actually does something to help a company and it means something. so that’s why i am so stressed out these days. school is weighing me down.

not that any of you care because you all are too busy insulting young people instead of caring about how we feel.

Sachiko on February 8, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Sachiko on February 8, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Who’d you vote for Sachiko? Not Obama? Then we’re not talking about you.

Kensington on February 8, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Remember, kids… the lottery bachelor’s degree is for entertainment only, and not for investment purposes!

Marcola on February 8, 2013 at 1:29 PM

The college scam collapsed just as they were in the middle of that phase of their, (our), lives. Only 3 out of 10 18-29 year olds have a full time job. No job prospects. Insane college debt. Blue State penion implosions and zero growth anywhere North of the Mason-Dixon line.

Many have given up hope after having gone in with such elevated expectations, and so little to show for it. Remember, the way college was puffed up is just like the bubble with the housing market. It is a scam, with Greek styrafoam pillars and the like. Not to mention all of their parents are now divorced.

For the love of God, many kids will not even buy a car, because they have nowhere to go. Such an erosion in lifestyle. When the choice is to either be white trash or a hipster, they choose the hipster. But they are still depressed and they are too dumb to know why.

antisense on February 8, 2013 at 1:52 PM

How many of them have iphones, ipads, new cars, great computer systems at home, huge flat-panel TVs, etc. etc.?

Same old, same old. Every generation has it tougher than the one before. And at the same time, every generation has it easier than the one before. It all depends upon your perspective.

Mitoch55 on February 8, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Good, let them hurt. I doubt they’ll learn anything though.

Of course I don’t see the GOP running any ads or putting out any rhetoric that “you get what you vote for, elections have consequences”. The GOP should be on a constant rhetorical assault against Obama, but they’re too busy looking for ways to capitulate.

Daemonocracy on February 8, 2013 at 2:50 PM

not that any of you care because you all are too busy insulting young people instead of caring about how we feel.

Sachiko on February 8, 2013 at 1:02 PM

I’m 32. I don’t care how you “feel”, or how much of a drag you think school is. I mean come on, seriously?

Daemonocracy on February 8, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Same old, same old. Every generation has it tougher than the one before. And at the same time, every generation has it easier than the one before. It all depends upon your perspective.

Mitoch55 on February 8, 2013 at 2:36 PM

No. It is different this time. The youngest kids are facing worse circumstances than Gen X did, and worse circumstances than the Baby Boomers did.

Yeah, they’ve got the iPads, but what good will the iPad be when they can’t afford to charge them up?

Kensington on February 8, 2013 at 2:57 PM

White kids voted for Romney. It was a slim majority. Racism of the rest held them back

Mormontheman on February 8, 2013 at 3:05 PM

No. It is different this time. The youngest kids are facing worse circumstances than Gen X did, and worse circumstances than the Baby Boomers did.

Yeah, they’ve got the iPads, but what good will the iPad be when they can’t afford to charge them up?

Kensington on February 8, 2013 at 2:57 PM

It’s ALWAYS different for the target group! There’s always something that makes their group the most important. I’m surprised you don’t know that.

But you make my point. They’ve made the decision to get all those things without looking at what happens or how to mitigate the damage when things go really bad.

Mitoch55 on February 8, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Good to know. They certainly have earned it. Debt on a child born today. Pushing what? $80 K. When I was brought into the world. $1250.00. Which by the way my parents thought was ridiculously high. Of course I lived a relatively low stress youth. When freedom from government wasn’t much of an issue. Well unless you were a hippy. My how times have changed. Youngins, you voted for this. Pay up time.

Bmore on February 8, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Self governance is stressful.

Bmore on February 8, 2013 at 4:14 PM

they should be all stressed out, poor voting decisions equate to poor living conditions.

enjoy your healthcare costs increasing 3fold youngsters!!!

burserker on February 8, 2013 at 4:19 PM

I blame the combination of too much self-esteem vs. real life (we’re just not that into you) and “smart” phones (always being “connected” never alone to ponder your nothingness in the universe). Wait. I’m not sure how this works, but I blame unreasonably high self-esteem, delusions of grandeur and smart phones. Oh, and after reading antisense, worthless college degrees. Oh, and the erosion of the nuclear family. So, unrealistic self-worth, smart phones, college and the destruction of a stable family enviroment… Oh, and the pressure to be sexually active at younger and younger ages, the prevalence of birth control and abortion (trivializing sexual relations and life. President Clinton’s biggest legacy, rainbow parties).

So, unearned high self-esteem, smart phones, phoney college majors, unstable families, early and meaningless sex and the loss of innocents and innocence. Now, I’m depressed.

Fallon on February 8, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Yeah voting for Obama surely helped in reducing their stress…

mnjg on February 8, 2013 at 4:51 PM

I blame the combination of too much self-esteem vs. real life (we’re just not that into you) and “smart” phones (always being “connected” never alone to ponder your nothingness in the universe). Wait. I’m not sure how this works, but I blame unreasonably high self-esteem, delusions of grandeur and smart phones. Oh, and after reading antisense, worthless college degrees. Oh, and the erosion of the nuclear family. So, unrealistic self-worth, smart phones, college and the destruction of a stable family enviroment… Oh, and the pressure to be sexually active at younger and younger ages, the prevalence of birth control and abortion (trivializing sexual relations and life. President Clinton’s biggest legacy, rainbow parties).

So, unearned high self-esteem, smart phones, phoney college majors, unstable families, early and meaningless sex and the loss of innocents and innocence. Now, I’m depressed.

Fallon on February 8, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Yes, most of them have worthless liberal arts degrees and they think that they are entitled to start with a six figures salary with these meaningless degrees… Only to find out that they will get low paying jobs with little skills required that if they get any job at all…

mnjg on February 8, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Surprise !!!!!!

In the real world, you don’t always get a trophy even when you lose.

And it won’t all be given to you like it used to be. Buck up.

And while you are at it, try to understand what got us into this situation, and start voting for the people that might actually correct it, instead of for those that are digging us all in deeper.

iurockhead on February 8, 2013 at 4:58 PM

How far back does this survey go?

WW II? My dad had 7 Purple Hearts by his 21st Birthday. He was stressed.

The Great Depression? Young folks then had to be pretty stressed?

The Black Plague? Everyone was stresed back then.

krome on February 8, 2013 at 5:06 PM

This is the group the GOP should be targeting – not Hispanics, which will be as elusive as blacks.

bw222 on February 8, 2013 at 5:17 PM

They are worried about global warming, Obamaphones, and transgender multiculturalism.

petefrt on February 8, 2013 at 5:27 PM

@petefrt – They will be as long as mom and dad’s money (or someone else’s) supports them. Once they’ve run out of that, they’ll get more focused on their getting next meal and finding somewhere warm to sleep.

I’ve never met a homeless person who gane a hoot about global warming or transgender multiculturalism.

krome on February 8, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Somehow I think the stress my Dad felt when he graduated HS in ’44, went directly to Basic, and was freezing his ass off in France by Christmas with the tree tops exploding all around him was a bit more than today’s yutes are experiencing. Same goes for my older brother who graduated in ’68 and was sweating the lottery a few years later.

Sachiko

Do you have ANY idea how stupidly self involved you sound?

Did you say “yutes’?

teacherman on February 8, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Fallon on February 8, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Funny as hell. Mostly because it’s true. “Comedy is rooted in truth”. And pain. Comedy is truth plus pain. With perspective. So comedy is truth, with pain, in perspective.

/Fallon

Paul-Cincy on February 8, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Dad graduated from high school in 1941, and had nothing. Dirt poor. And created a great life out of it.

Paul-Cincy on February 8, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Being young in 1776, 1861-65, 1916-18, 1929, 1941-45, 1951, and 1965-74 probably was more stressful for some strange reasons…

viking01 on February 8, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Sachiko on February 8, 2013 at 1:02 PM

IOW, waaa waaa waaa

davidk on February 8, 2013 at 7:53 PM

The most stressed out are those of us who knew what our peers were going to do with their tomfoolery and had no way to stop it.

Seriously older folks, try to imagine being 20 and watching the first election of Obama. I swear it was like being the engineer on a train with the bridge out and the brake lever superglued in place.

MelonCollie on February 8, 2013 at 8:33 PM

MelonCollie @ 8:33

Seriously younger dude, imagine being much older and witnessing the same. Wanna trade places?

teacherman on February 8, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Seriously younger dude, imagine being much older and witnessing the same. Wanna trade places?

teacherman on February 8, 2013 at 9:37 PM

IMVHO, it’s somewhat harder for me because my generation specifically fell a$$-over-teakettle with Obama. And I mean TOTALLY. Almost everyone I even knew the first name of was enamored of him to the point of being worse than a fanboy/girl of some big music heartthrob. It wasn’t just terrifying to watch the slow-motion trainwreck, it was creepy!

At least you oldsters can legitimately say “we didn’t treat him like the reincarnation of the Beatles”.

MelonCollie on February 8, 2013 at 10:41 PM

At least you oldsters can legitimately say “we didn’t treat him like the reincarnation of the Beatles.” MelonCollie @ 10:41PM

Mel, I WISH we could all say that but the truth is plenty of people old enough to know better acted like smitten school girls. At least you guys can claim some youthful ignorance. Don’t be too hard on your generation just yet. Give them a chance to prove they’re really morons. Like plenty of my generation.

teacherman on February 9, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Old man out. Gotta go to bed.

teacherman on February 9, 2013 at 12:35 AM

Sachiko on February 8, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Awww sweetie, does the little girl need a cookie? ///

annoyinglittletwerp on February 9, 2013 at 6:34 AM

I’m Gen. X, have a Gen. ‘Whine’ son(I don’t call ‘em ‘Millennial’), and worker work with many Gen Whiners.
Most of ‘em are as useless as tits on a bore. They seems to believe that they are ‘owed’. Kids-you are owed NOTHING!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 9, 2013 at 6:38 AM

Sachiko on February 8, 2013 at 1:02 PM

My husband turns 54 this year, and won’t be able to retire in 11 years. I turn 43 this fall, and will probably NEVER be able to retire.
As is typical for your whiny little Generation…you don’t know jack.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 9, 2013 at 6:48 AM

5 more years of democrat hegemony should remove all their choices so that despair will really be the only option. Shared misery is the key to progressive utopia.

tom daschle concerned on February 9, 2013 at 8:18 AM

The college scam

I wouldn’t be so quick to describe the idea of getting a college education as a “scam”. My son and all of his friends/acquaintances graduated from college after the crash in ’08 and ran smack into the Obama economy. They’re all working in their chosen fields with pretty decent jobs, and their education is what opened up opportunities for them. Without it, I’m quite sure they would all be just another sad statistic.

lynncgb on February 9, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Welcome to the real world and adulthood. Growing pains I guess. I’m reaching middle age and I need to keep growing. The young dudes & dudettes have to get acclimated, I suppose.

22044 on February 9, 2013 at 8:39 AM

They see the job market tanking before their very eyes due to the Fool-In-Chiefs economic agenda.
Obama thinks that taxing you and using the tax money to hire people to work for the government is job creation. Real job creation occurs when people start their own businesses and grow and hire more employees thereby increasing the tax base. Everyone wins. The employer gets rewarded for his investment of time and money, the employee gets a job and the govenrment gets more tax money due to the increased tax base. Socialist fools like Obama do not understand this simple truth and the country suffers because of it. Obama is alot more interested in his perverse socialist agenda that he is in the welfare his fellow citizens

kemojr on February 11, 2013 at 9:47 AM