Stress Affecting Millennials More Than Older Generations
According to the latest Stress in America survey by the American Psychological Association (APA), Millennial generation adults (ages 18-33) are seeing an increase in stress levels while older generations’ levels decrease.
Millennials rated their stress levels an average of 5.4 on a scale of 1-10. The APA rates low stress levels as 1-3, middle as 4-7, and extreme as 8-10. The national average is only 4.9 using this scale. A 3.6 rating is considered by most to be a healthy level of stress, but 20 percent of all adults say they suffer from extreme stress.
Of the Millenials surveyed, 39 percent said their stress increased over the past year and 52 percent said stress kept them up at night in the past month. They were also more likely than older generations to be irritable and angry because of stress.
The top stress inducers for Millenials were found to be money (76%), work (65%), relationships (59%), family (56%), and the economy (55%). A recent study found college students favored relationships over casual hookups, which could explain the worry. Meanwhile, older generations were more stressed about the economy and job stability.
“Many of these young people have come out of college or graduate school with horrendous student debt into a job market where there are not very many jobs,” Katherine Nordal, the APA’s executive director for professional practice, told NBC News.
This youngest generation of adults has been found to be over-confident in their abilities, leading to increased amounts of stress after setting expectations too high.
On the upside, other results found eating to manage stress continue on a downward trend, from 34 percent in 2008 to 25 percent. Drinking alcohol to relieve stress has also seen a decrease, down from 18 percent in 2008 to 13 percent. A recent survey found college freshman partying and drinking less, while reporting an increasing concern over money and jobs.