New research finds young people are more anxious than their elders -- but they're even less well-equipped to handle the pressure.
Every generation has its own set of stressors. According to a report by the American Psychological Association, the Millennial generation (those born between about 1980 and 1994) has more stressors than generations before, but at the same time, they are also less able to cope with them effectively.
Adults of any age were twice as likely to report that their stress levels were escalating, versus decreasing, over the past year. Baby Boomers were slightly more likely to report that their stress levels had decreased over this time, but “Matures” (people of the next generation up) were the least stressed of any of the generations.
The biggest sources of stress for Millennials, Generation Xers, and Baby Boomers were money, work, and the cost of housing.
When it comes to the stress differential – that is, how stressed one reports being vs. how much stress they think is normal or healthy – Millennials and Generation Xers had the largest gap. Millennials’ stress differential was actually higher last year than it has been over the last five. They don't believe they should feel as stressed as they do.