Why is Gen Z Depressed?
People born between the late 1990s and the early 2010s are referred to as Generation Z. Members of this generation are frequently thought to be more technologically savvy and socially conscious than previous generations. However, they are also dealing with a variety of issues that may be contributing to their high levels of depression and anxiety.
Concerns about the mental health of Generation Z have grown in recent years. According to the American Psychological Association’s 2021 survey, Gen Z adults (those aged 18-24) have the highest reported stress levels of any generation. Another study discovered that more than half of Gen Z respondents experienced depressive symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic.
So, why is Generation Z so depressed? A number of factors could be contributing to this trend:
Use of social media and technology
Social media and technology use are major contributors to Gen Z depression. While technology has many advantages, it can also be a source of anxiety and stress. Excessive social media use has been linked to feelings of loneliness, low self-esteem, and depression, according to research.
Many members of Generation Z face financial insecurity as a result of high levels of student debt, low-paying jobs, and a difficult job market. This can result in feelings of despair and anxiety about the future.
The political environment and social issues
Gen Z is also growing up during a period of significant social and political change, with issues such as climate change, racial justice, and LGBTQ+ rights dominating public discourse. While many young people are passionate about these issues, they can also be stressful and anxiety-inducing.
The need to succeed
Finally, in a highly competitive world, Gen Z faces significant pressure to succeed. Many young people feel pressure to succeed academically, socially, and professionally, which can result in burnout and feelings of inadequacy.
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