Millennials and Generation Z are in Crisis

Millennials and Generation Z According to the Pew Research Centre, those in the millennial generation were born between 1981 and 1996, while those in Gen Z were born between 1997 and 2012. 

In 2019, millennials were between 22 and 38 years old, and Gen Z was between six and 21 years old.

The generations before generation millennial and generation Z

  • Baby Boomers: born 1946 to 1964.

  • Generation Jones: born 1955 to 1965.

  • Generation X: born 1965 to 1980.

  • Xennials: born 1977 to 1983.

  • Millennials: born 1981 to 1996.

 

Statistics & Facts on millennials and Generation Z

As the first of the millennial generation has entered its thirties, the topic of health has become increasingly important for the largest living generation. 

As of 2018, around 80 percent of millennials in the U.S. rated their general health condition as excellent or good. 

However, only 56 percent of millennials reported excellent or very good mental health, compared to 70 percent of Boomers. Furthermore, 44 percent of established millennials are concerned that their unhealthy habits will soon catch up with them. (Link)

Deloitte Research

Deloitte Global conducted research in 2021 and surveyed nearly 23,000 millennial and Gen Z respondents from across 45 countries, revealing that some worrying mental health data trends from the 2020 Millennial Survey have continued into 2021. Millennials and Gen Z surveyed said that the pandemic has served to increase the stress and anxiety they feel, with women experiencing higher levels of stress.

Despite more discussion about mental health during the pandemic, the survey has also shown that stigma at work endures. Millennials and Gen Z surveyed remain hesitant about vocalizing their increased stress and anxiety to employers, with nearly 6 in 10 saying that they did not tell their leader how they were feeling—furthermore, an astounding 49% and 47% of millennials and Gen Z who have taken time off work for mental health reasons have given their employer a different reason for this absence. This stigma is not only in the workplace—approximately half of the millennials and Gen Z surveyed believe that discrimination based on the state of someone’s mental health frequently happens in their country. (Link)

The divide between millennials, generation Z, and previous generations

The millennial generation & you Z generations and face problems and anxieties to an extent greater than previous generations due to social media the Internet, making millennials and generation Z more insecure and conscious of their image than any other of previous generations. 

Due to social networking sites like Facebook and Instagram, people who use these kinds of social networking site’s put a filter on their lives, only showing the successes and promotions but not the personal pain and hardship. 

This can lead to people developing a low sense of self-esteem, which will affect mental health, personal development, and commitment to success at work.

Simon Sinek the 4 problems with millennials

(Simon Oliver Sinek is a British-American author and inspirational speaker. He is the author of five books, including Start with Why and The Infinite Game.)

Environment

The education system does not create an environment that fosters competition by having a competitive environment, and individuals can build resilience, develop coping mechanisms and learn the importance of improvement and overcoming defeat.

Technology

Social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram, and other networking devices give the human brain a dopamine hit; this experience means every time we get a new message or email, we get a buzz that helps us all feel positive. 

You may notice that you will feel this dopamine hit every time you get to like on your social media feed or positive response to networking on LinkedIn. 

Social media is not evil, nor is it entirely good. It’s essential to be self-aware in yourself and others that social media, like alcohol or food, must be used and consumed wisely.

Parenting

Parents, by telling their children they can become anything, they can do anything, are setting young people up for failure because parents are not building their children’s resilience when it comes to failure. 

This doesn’t mean don’t go for your goals or dreams but understand to be successful in any discipline, we all experience failures, but it’s about taking those failures and turning them into life lessons.

In Patients

It takes time to become an expert and a truly dedicated and resilient team leader, director, and CEO; leadership abilities and industry knowledge require time and experience to become a master.

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