1. Nicole B.
    February 21, 2013 @ 3:52 am

    Very interesting post! I do wonder if millenials feel the pressure because their parents are on top of their every move — from micromanaging their social life to going on college interviews to being involved in their work life. I really hope it’s only a limited few who do this, but I do think we are more involved in our parenting and I can only assume this stresses our kids out.


    • Anne Boysen
      February 21, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

      Good question, Nicole! I think from a generational perspective some of us Gen-X parents who grew up in the ’70s are overcompensating for their own “latchkey-childhood”. And then there is a more urgent sense of competition these days in anything from test-driven schools and college admissions to global competition in the workforce. I’m sure this must feel stressful for a lot of kids as well as their parents. I’m very interested in those movement as of late that prescribe “less is more” type solutions. Those theories that stress quality to over quantity. I’m trying this myself by pulling back on extra-curricular activities. I want my kids to be bored sometimes. Just so they can experience how that feels to, lest we forget in our busy world 😉


  2. Chickie Pea
    March 15, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    I think millenials are stressed because they are being educated to think abstractly (by the school systems) therefore have it figured
    out (from observation) that their futures have been hijacked. They discuss amongst themselves and KNOW that housing, transportation, jobs, etc
    are all going to be harder for them to obtain and heaven knows, they also are away that with over 7 BILLION humans on earth
    the long term scrambling for water and resources, long term, has hardly begun. Who wouldn’t be stressed being born into
    this world we now how ? I say acknowledge millennials are stressed, give them lots of hugs, and LISTEN to their millennial generation suggestions
    for fixing this mess & then DO IT. ps: Move over baby boomers. That would also help.


    • Anne Boysen
      March 15, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

      Chickie Pea,

      Thank you for your comments. Absolutely! You are making some very good observations. The older generations have screwed up royally leaving behind a less bountiful world than the one they took over. And in some countries even leaving debt and depleted resources behind instead. We were warned already back in 1972 when ‘Limits to Growth’ came out, that the level of extraction of natural resources would be unsustainable and that our environment would be damaged. And what did we do with this information? We just scorned the theory and continued living the largest consumption fest in history! Now we are starting to sense that ‘payback time’ is upon us, which unfairly is deferred to the generations that had the least to do with it. All of this can make your blood boil and head spin, so no wonder the Millennials are stressed out! I want to remain an optimist, so I think there are ways out of this. For one thing the distribution of wealth in this country is extremely dysfunctional. The Gini koefficient (measure of equality where you want to be on the lower side) in the U.S. is around .47, the highest in any Western nation. I try not to be political in this blog, but any society without a strong middle class is destined to experience some problems. The politicians may disagree on the means, but they can’t deny the need to spread the wealth better if they want a well functioning society. Also I find comfort in the book “Abundance” by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler, which helps me restore some faith in humanity – or at least in technology. Their hubristic hopes for modern technology are pretty “far out” to many readers, but desperate times call for desperat measures. And to quote the futurist Jim Dator, “Any useful statement about the future should seem ridiculous.”


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