A Staggering Number of Young Adults Are Stressed Out Much of the Day
At certain points in our lives, we get stressed out; it’s just a fact of life. But what about when someone is stressed out for multiple hours almost every single day? That’s reality for many 18-25 year olds, as a new survey indicates.
UK Youth conducted a study of 1,000 18-25-year-old Brits, and found that the average person in this age group spends up to six hours a day stressed out. Concerns such as jobs, money, appearance, and the future topped the list of concerns for the participants, causing a great deal of anxiety and sense of being under pressure.
The study also found some rather concerning numbers about potential help outlets as well, reporting that 67% have had times in which they felt they had nowhere they could turn to for help. Additionally, 1 in 10 feels as if they have no place to turn for help in any given situation.
“It’s concerning to see just how long young people spend feeling worried or stressed and how many of them have to go through these issues alone, without anyone to turn to for advice and guidance," a spokesperson for the charity told The Independent. “Despite living in our ever-connected world, young people need safe spaces more than ever.”
Those in the 18-25 category typically have about 165 friends on social media, yet 85% still have admitted to moments of being lonely. If our world is so connected, and we are able to freely communicate with nearly anyone on the planet, how is it that so many feel isolated?
With social isolation come bigger problems in life. 6 in 10 are likely to face their battles alone than to seek counsel, but the result is that they often make their own situation worse. After all, without help from trusted counselors, it is entirely possible that bad decisions will be made.
The trend of social isolation is seriously concerning. As we discussed here at TPOH recently, it is becoming as much of a public health issue as obesity in older adults. The fact that it's happening among younger adults as well is something we as a society need to address.
Here’s the thing folks, we are social beings. We need to be in community with people; not digital community, but actual in-person contact with our friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors. Social media cannot substitute for in-person interaction.
If we have a lack of in-person contact, social media may make things worse. Social media creates a kind of façade for many people, where they can put on a certain act and filter through only the things they want to show. The problem is that it creates false pictures of reality for many people, and the “keeping up with the Joneses” cycle is initiated.
It’s seriously unhealthy to be socially isolated, I’m seeing it more and more as time goes on. Fortunately, there’s a simple fix for it: go talk to people in person and just be real with them. Share what’s good, but also be willing to discuss the difficulties of life.
You don’t have to spill your guts on everything, but let’s get back to being real human beings again. If we are more real with each other, we might have some insight to share that can help our respective situations (just like we’re trying to do here at TPOH, to some degree).
I’m ready to have more in-person, real relationships with people, are you? If it helps to ease anxiety, I'd say it's worth the investment.