Generation Why: The Millennial Struggle to Find Meaning

Generation Why:

Generation Why

From anxiety to depression to ennui, millennials continue to struggle with mental health issues. Anxiety and depression are by far the most-diagnosed among the college-age generation. But listlessness, boredom and a struggle to find meaning — conditions that do not necessarily fall under mental illness — all contribute to the tide of struggles facing Generation Y.

One of the most profound changes between Gen X and Gen Y is the coincidental eve of social media. While Gen X was widely established in the workforce by the time platforms like Facebook and Twitter started taking off, the millennials were younger — many just entering high school or middle school — and became acquainted with the platforms from a much younger age. In fact, this generation experienced some of the most turbulent technology advances in the history of humankind.

With social media, millennials experienced the first taste of constructed online personas. Given the massive amount of time spent on social media each week — more than six hours for most millennials — the struggle to find a healthy balance between online presence and physical presence became apparent for the first time. Interestingly.

Psychological studies have repeatedly concluded that the early developmental years are an incredibly significant time in a human’s life. The ages of six to eight years, in particular, carry some of the most portentous personality-defining questions like “Who am I?” and “What do I need?” These questions will frame the child’s mentality for years to come. Full Story

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