The concept of work/life balance no longer exists, as the line between work and life is blurred because we are online 24/7 and expected to be always available and responsive to work and social messages. Millennials are the first digitally native generation that grew up living their lives online, and the pressure for perfection and keeping up is exhausting. BuzzFeed writer Anne Helen Petersen called millennials the burnout generation in her frequently shared article.
In a 2018 study by the Mental Health Foundation done by YouGov on stress levels in the UK:
- 74% of people have felt so stressed they have been overwhelmed or unable to cope.
- 30% of older people reported never feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope in the past year, compared to 7% of young adults.
- 51% of adults who felt stressed reported feeling depressed, and 61% reported feeling anxious.
- 37% of adults who reported feeling stressed reported feeling lonely as a result.
- For people who reported high levels of stress, 12% said that feeling like they need to respond to messages instantly was a stressor.
- 49% of 18- to 24-year-olds who have experienced high levels of stress felt that comparing themselves to others was a source of stress, which was higher than in any of the older age groups.
- 36% of women who felt high levels of stress related this to their comfort with their appearance and body image, compared to 23% of men.
- Younger people have higher stress related to pressure to succeed—60% of 18- to 24-year-olds and 41% of 25- to 34-year-olds cited this, compared to 17% of 45-54s and 6% of over 55s.
Read more in the BBC article “How it feels to have ‘millennial burnout.‘”
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