Millennials Come of Age as America's Most Stressed Generation

  • metta

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    Feb 20, 2013 5:23 PM GMT
    Millennials Come of Age as America's Most Stressed Generation
  • starboard5

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    Feb 21, 2013 4:32 AM GMT
    Haven't read the article yet but have an opinion. I'm a Boomer and I think the degree of overstimulation people experience has gotten exponentially worse with each generation, starting with mine.

    I always recommend The Shallows: How the Internet is Changing Our Brains, by Nicholas Carr. Intereaction with technology physically changes the brain, the types and qualities of synaptic connections we develope. It's not new. Carr talks about how the invention of books and time pieces affected people and societies. And it's not all bad. But we've reached the point where we are conditioning ourselves for perpetual distraction. Minds can't rest when they've never been allowed to cultivate rest.
  • Adozark

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    Feb 21, 2013 4:49 AM GMT
    I would say my level of stress is rather low. I think I have only been kept up once from stress. Other than that. I never have had stress problems besides the occasional stressful moment (like when I am late for something, but not chronic stress).

    Though when I was a teen and had fast food jobs up until my 20's, I would have a lot of work related stress when I was a manager. Luckily I got out of those kinds of jobs.
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    Feb 21, 2013 4:57 AM GMT
    I'm sure Baby Boomers growing up during the various civil rights movements, Vietnam, oil crisis, and the fear of communism did not lead particularly stress-free lives at the time either.

    Meanwhile, I can't help but hear Arianna's voice every time I read an article of hers. And then I can't help but hear Tracey Ullman's impression of Arianna on top of that. Fucking hilarious.