Study Of 18 to 25-Year-Olds Reveals They Feel ‘Stressed Out’ More Than Six Hours A Day
Young adults spend more than six hours a day “stressed out,” a study has found.
A poll of 1,000 18 to 25-year-olds found money, appearance and career worries as well as fears about the future mean a large chunk of their time is spent feeling anxious or under pressure.
Plus, one in 10 feel they have no-one to turn to discuss their concerns, leaving them to face their fears alone. And a further 67 percent admitted they had come across problems in their life where they felt they had nobody to lean on for help.
As a result, 56 percent have ended up in more trouble after keeping a problem to themselves rather than confiding in someone else.
The stats emerged in a study by youth charity UK Youth to launch its #KeepMeSafe campaign, which calls on all organizations working with young people to “stop” what they’re doing, “look” at their safeguarding policies, “listen” to young people and take action during National Safeguarding Month.
A spokesperson for UK Youth said, “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.”
The study found money worries are the biggest cause of young adults’ stress followed by fears about their future. Concerns about their weight and overall appearance, as well as their health completed the top five.
Getting a job, achieving a good work/life balance and getting onto the properly ladder are also among the common stresses young people have.
However, despite spending such a huge amount of time feeling concerned, the average young adult has just four people they feel they could turn to for help. This despite 18 to 25-year-olds having an average of 165 “friends” on social media. In fact, more than 40 percent think social media only adds to their worries and stress with more than half of those saying it leaves them feeling under more pressure to keep up with everyone.
Others say they struggle with the lack of privacy, (29%), the pressure to impress others (40%) and feeling like they need to make their life sound better than it really is (33%).
Researchers found that even those who do have someone they can approach with a problem don’t always get the help they need with more than half admitting they have felt ignored by someone. Which might help explain why 68 percent find it difficult to share their problems with someone in the first place.
This leads to more than six in ten respondents being more likely to battle on alone than go to anyone else if they have a problem or need advice.
UK Youth’s spokesperson added, “Safeguarding has hit the headlines recently but it’s something we’ve been working to strengthen for a long time now. Research from our network and these new stats suggest the needs of young people have transformed in the last few years due to online/offline pressures and societal changes, which means an increased the level of support is needed to #KeepMeSafe.”
Top 20 worries young adults have…
2. The future
6. Getting a job
7. Getting into a chosen career
8. Finding a job which pays enough money
9. The health of a loved one
10. Meeting targets, deadlines and goals at work
11. Paying bills
12. Work/life balance
13. Whether I will have children in the future
14. Having a home
15. College/ university deadlines
16. Getting onto the property ladder
17. Conflicts with friends/family and colleagues
19. Meeting a partner
20. Student debt
#KeepMeSafe will run throughout National Safeguarding Month (from March 1st to 31st) and is part of the Stop, Look, Listen campaign that has been led by UK Youth and previously NCVYS for several years. To find out more please visit their website.