A higher percentage of Millennials claim they have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorders than other generations. What’s making them so unhappy? When reality turns out to be worse than expectations, people tend to be unhappy. To illustrate this, we’ll use Lucy as our fictitious example—she’s a Generation Y protagonist and special yuppie.
Lucy’s grandparents grew up during the Great Depression and WWII. They valued economic security and wanted their children to see greener pastures. Lucy’s “Baby Boom” parents did indeed experience better times, as they grew up during an economic boom period. They were brought up to envision stable, prosperous careers—and they knew hard work would be important and necessary. How about Lucy? She was brought up with a sense of limitless possibility. To Lucy, a secure, stable and prosperous career no longer does the job—she’s looking for a fulfilling career.
Gen Y yuppies are delusional and taunted—especially because of social media. People tend to inflate their existence, and those who are doing the best broadcast it the most. It’s no surprise then that the most common emotion aroused by Facebook is envy. The more these yuppies visit Facebook, they more dissatisfied they are. Lucy’s grandparents never had to deal with Facebook—though they did have that little thing called the Great Depression.
To learn more about why Generation Y yuppies tend to be so sad, check out this infographic presented by bestpsychologydegrees.com.