Let's Discuss the Mental Health of the Post-Millennials

Let's Discuss the Mental Health of the Post-Millennials
Someone once told me that a generation lasts for 100 years. Never verified that. Just took their word. But since I decided to do a quick write-up on the topic officially, I decided to do a little research. Per an article published in The Atlantic, it turns out that a century is not the proper time frame to draw a dividing line between one generation and the next generation.

Not a 100 years? No. More like 10 years. But no matter. Just want to know which generation is Z. Why? Because apparently, if you are in Gen Z, then 98% of your friend group has a mental illness. This according to a Tumblr blogger who documents the Gen Z culture.

Not sure of the blog publishers' credentials but that statistic, if it is true and verifiable, is very alarming, and thus it is imperative that we be able to identify who the Gen Z-ers are.

With all the hoopla about how Millenials are so spoiled and whiny, how they expect everything to be given to them, how they can't handle disappointments, how they are the worst generation ever, etc., etc., etc. … being spoiled and dissatisfied surely sounds like a recipe that would lead to mental illness. Don't you think?

I was certain that Gen Z was just another name for the Millennials. However, using a timeline published by The WJSchroer Company, if you were born 1995 to 2012, you are in Generation Z. This means that Gen Z are the folks born in the generation AFTER the Millennials. The Post-Millennials.

What??!! You mean there's another generation worse than the Millennials?

When I think about generations, I often think of a lyric in a popular song performed by Mike and The Mechanics titled The Living Years. (https://youtu.be/uGDA0Hecw1k) The song lyric says:

Every generation Blames the one before

I am NOT convinced that if you are in Gen Z, 98% of your friend group has a mental illness.

Would love to hear your thoughts and perspectives on this. Are you convinced?

Do you AGREE that the 98% is likely a valid mental health statistic?

REFERENCES:

  • Bump, Philip. “Here Is When Each Generation Begins and Ends, According to Facts.” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company, 25 Mar. 2014, www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/03/here-is-when-each-generation-begins-and-ends-according-to-facts/359589/.

  • Generation Z, 30 Mar. 2018, gen-z-culture-is.tumblr.com/post/172411580851/gen-z-is-98-of-your-friend-group-having-a-mental.

  • Generations X, Y, Z and the Others. WJSchroer, The WJSchroer Company, socialmarketing.org/archives/generations-xy-z-and-the-others/.

Agree

nekonieden

Agree with this

I think the reason why most of the millenials today have mental illness because of social media. Before people were likely doing or focusing only to their job or work unlike today if it's break time or we have free time we are more likely holding our phones checking our social media news feeds. There is nothing wrong about it but sometimes seeing others or seeing others posts make us wonder why our life is different from those we see in social media. We tend to over think that they are so successful while our life is still the same or we over think that they are so blessed because they have that kind of life. So we tend to compare our life to them which is wrong. With that, anxiety will attack us and make us down. We think that we are just low people so we can't control our self to lose our self-esteem and confidence in dealing with people,we are to shy to see us being the same person they used to know before. That kind of thinking makes our life despair and might lead to depression and anxiety. We wish to have that kind of life base on what we see. What I mean is since we, generations or millenials, are more likely live in a modern technology sometimes we focus more on checking our social media that we tend to forget on being so productive outside. Being pessimistic is one of the reasons behind this because of what we see from other people's life. People now adays are so judgemental and bully.
Posted by nekonieden on 04-11-2018
muaaz.93
Yes, you have snatched the words from my mouth. This is exactly what's happeing to the kids of today. Even middle aged people of 45+ are getting really depressed with social media. I am a 90's guy who doesn't open social media without a purpose. I believe that thing makes me sane.
Anonymous

I'm not part of Generation Z but I think I'm ill

Not wanting to sound like an old geezer (jeez, where do I get these terms?) I could realistically point out stress and pollution as the factors affecting Generation Z's mental breakdown; more affected compared to the other generations (by the way, I think it is every 30 years - generation I mean). The invention of the computer, internet surfing and hikikomori phenomenon added to the confusion.
Posted by Anonymous on 04-07-2018
kingcool52

Important

I voted for agree since I do believe that it is important to discuss the mental health of anyone, no matter what generation they are or what age they are. However, I doubt that the statistic that anyone in Generation Z has a 98% chance of having a friend with a mental illness is real. I'm sure it is high but not that high, to be fair.
Posted by kingcool52 on 04-06-2018
overcast

Agree

The mental health due to YOLO is serious. Trying to do something different has led to things that leads to more of an issue than solutions. So you can see that people have to understand that millennial have more issues in their hands than anyone else. So lot of things to learn from there.
Posted by overcast on 04-09-2018
jaybee19

Not all mental illnesses are seen physically. Some

I do agree with that tumblr blogger tho. A lot of Generation Z-ers right now are experiencing stress, pressure, anxiety, and even severe mental illnesses like paranoia and the absence of self-identity because of the pressures that the millenials and other generations have been putting in to them (Though I'm not blaming any generation because they're just setting an example for the Zers whether it be good or bad). Most Generation Z-ers are very sensitive especially that there are so many eyes looking after them like on Social Media, at school, and even at their own home. More and more teenagers and young adults (1995-2012 based on the info) have problems like the ones I listed and that's the reason why they are superficial, selfish, and also very presentistic (my slang for the opposite of futuristic). Most Generation Z-ers doesn't want to feel pressured and stressed so they don't think about the future. However, they always end up being stressed and pressured at the end.
Posted by jaybee19 on 05-17-2018

Disagree

JMS

Everyone Gets Anxious Sometime In Their Life.

It doesn't really matter what generation you were born into. I think that mental illness is on the rise for all of us. We are also becoming more accepting of it whereas a hundred or so years ago it was considered you had the devil in you if you had a mental issue. We don't think like that now and we are much more compassionate towards those who suffer. I have heard that these new younger generations are choosy and panicky but look at the world they've got now. Our world has changed for the worse in the last couple of decades quite rapidly. Perhaps the younger generation is afraid of the future of our world, I know I am and I'm an old biddy!
Posted by JMS on 04-09-2018
manmad

Not really.

I don't think that there are a lot more mental issues with this generation, it's been a trend to self-diagnose yourself with anxiety and depression and a lot of people who are around my age have been sharing such information for attention. Of course, there are people who suffer from such illnesses, however a lot of people are just faking it.
Posted by manmad on 04-06-2018
MomoStarr16
Yes you are right. They are self-diagnosing themselves just to show off or something. Faking just to have some fame.
Wubwub

just more diagnosis

I think it's fairly equal when you consider there's more people now and there's more to cope with. I feel like even back then there were a lot of problems but people were just a little less aware of them but nowadays when news and information travels so fast we are a lot more knowledgeable of these things and therefore feel like the impact of it is only present now even though it probably has been around for a while.
Posted by Wubwub on 04-12-2018
Kakashi2020

Not True

I don't believe in anything that isn't based in science and or logic. This article was based on a social study and nothing more, it's purely name calling of generations x,y,z, millennials and now post millennials. It's purely to identify the different times and ages of 21st century society.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 04-07-2018
treecko142

Too high

Mental health is a real issue but 98% is just too high to be real. It's not necessarily a generational issue but an age issue, people during the teenage years generally experience more mental health problems no matter from which generation.
Posted by treecko142 on 05-02-2018
MomoStarr16

Hype..

Not really agree with this. This is just another type of new generation hype. All people are the same now or today. No age or year can make us evolve or something.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 04-06-2018
hazelblue1023

No Crack heads

We cannot agree with that notion.The post millenials are more exposed to the latest tech and renewed psych in the society. in every generation there are notions on their mental state. Th fast pace change in our world affects everyone of us. It is how a person handle that change - that would affect his mental health.. People with mental illness are those without friends to talk to, no one to share their ups and downs in life..We should all be mindful of each other so we can show we care and lessen lonelinss in this world.
Posted by hazelblue1023 on 04-19-2018

Comments

MomoStarr16
This is just another thing that need to talk about less. Nowadays, people use to invent things just to make them look cool. They are just making a time to waste. But it is posted here so I make my own opinion. :D
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 04-06-2018
vinaya
well, people are inventing a lot of things. This division of generations, or categorization of the generation so to speak, surprises me a lot. Generally speaking, my father and I are the products of two generations, and there is two generation gaps between my grandfather and me. I do not understand the classification of generation based on the time period.
Posted by vinaya on 04-08-2018
lovely
I don't agree with this, it just like generalizing on any thing one is not sure about I think this thought is one of it, we can't just be sure about it.Generation z cannot have people with such high mental illness, this is not a result of a research but but from speculation which is not true.
Posted by lovely on 04-06-2018
vinaya
They say the new generation is suffering from mental health issues more than the older generation and I do not buy this statement. The old generation was not open to the mental health issue and mental diseases were tabooed, they did not speak of having mental disease. However the new generation is open, they talk about everything, there is no taboo for them. Therefore, you can see more people with mental disease these days than yesterdays.
Posted by vinaya on 04-08-2018
lovely
I think most things written about generation either x or z are mostly speculation, nothing is ever certain like the issue of this mental illness, until researched and result proven to be positive, it will always remain a fallacy and nobody can be too sure of that.
Posted by lovely on 04-10-2018
babyright
It is not true that a particular generation will have a mental illness like in Gen Z. untill it is proven through a true research, for now it is only a speculation but not true.
Posted by babyright on 04-07-2018
vinaya
I think it is a general assumption that the older generation was mentally and physically more healthy than the new generation. I say assumption because there have been no substantial researchers to prove that more people in the new generation is mentally or physically ill compared to the people in an older generation. Since climate was better and foods were better (no GMO, only natural) in the olden times, people assume that our ancestors were more healthy.
Posted by vinaya on 04-08-2018
overcast
I think that assumption is true. New generation today is not that thinking clearly. And another thing is that there are more issues with millennial and their decision. So we learn from our experience and the decision. You can see that it can be harder to work around their stress. So we learn about more how the stress is caused. And then take the decisions accordingly.
Posted by overcast on 04-09-2018
lovely
This has always been the assumption of a new generation they believe the times of their predecessor was better in everything including their health issues but research can still prove that otherwise, even in our generation, with all the fast food available, people are vegans and still eat clean and not indulging in fries and fat.
Posted by lovely on 04-10-2018
overcast
Not at all. In previous generation stood against many hardships. Current generation is addicted to mobile phone and junk food.In past such stuff was not there. And people used to eat healthy. And vegan does not mean healthy, there are more diabetic people in vegan than non vegans.
Posted by overcast on 04-18-2018
Denis_P
The notion that 98% of a single generation has a form of mental illness is absolutely absurd. I would think it is only possible if the term "mental illness" describes an incredibly wide spectrum that would leave just about any normal human open to being diagnosed with some form of mental illness, regardless of how miniscule. We've reached the point in modern society where getting a headache is going to be regarded as a mental illness. Every generation is going to blame the generation before them, and criticize the generation after them. This is a truth as old as human society itself. Honestly, I don't care anymore.
Posted by Denis_P on 04-07-2018
vinaya
I agree with you. Generalization is bad. Even if the figure has been derived from a research, it does not hold any truth. let me explain. Let say the research questioned 1000 Post-Millennials in the different cities in the US. Will the research reflect on the view of Post-Millennials belonging to India, or Pakistan for tht matter.
Posted by vinaya on 04-18-2018
jaymish
I think this is true. I find millennial's quite crazy. They are lazy and entitled yet they really know next to nothing(being generous). I think the reason the other generations are almost next to normal is because they have had to go through many obstacles and challenges to get what they want. Challenges develop character because you learn to be strong.The millennial's and the generations coming behind them have everything. Statistics show that the incidence of suicide is higher amongst younger people. With nothing to fight for do you have anything to live for?
Posted by jaymish on 04-07-2018
TheArticulate
I don't even know where to begin with what you've said. You're characterizing an entire generation with terms like "lazy", "entitled" and "knowing next to nothing", which is a very bold thing to do. I think you're falling victim to a common issue: that you can only relate to your own generation, which is why you so grossly misunderstand the hardships that Millennials have faced. So I don't blame you for not understanding the topic at all. You're not a Millennial, so you can't understand on your own.

University tuition is far higher for Millennials than those generations before them. The cost to purchase a house is significantly higher than it was for those generations who came before them. It's things like these that cause hardships, especially financially, for millennials and Gen Z. Many of us are drowning in debt trying to work to payback our school loans so we can finally afford a house and start living our lives comfortably. I'd call that fighting.
Posted by TheArticulate on 04-11-2018
Barida
As long as there has not been a verified fact about this type of situation, I would have to say that I don't agree with them. Saying that a certain groups of people or generation are meant to have some form of mental illness is quite unacceptable and as long as we can't bring concrete proof about that, I choose to disagree with it and assume that it is not really possible.
Posted by Barida on 04-07-2018
Anonymous
I don’t really believe the mental illness issue you mentioned because you say that they blame the previous generation on how they ended up. The study said that this generation expects everything to be spoonfed to them and I don’t really think it’s the child’s fault. It could be because of how their parents raise them. Maybe they spoiled them too much.
Posted by Anonymous on 04-09-2018
overcast
I think mental health and the stress that the people of this generation are going through is real. And it's not going to make things easier. You have to focus on small things that lead to more or less fun. But considering how the people are working around on things such as that I'd say we have to learn from how we choose to do things. I guess with time things we learn eventually.
Posted by overcast on 04-09-2018
vinaya
Modern life is more complicated than it was 50 years ago. The modern man faces many challenges that were unknown to the people in the past. Therefore, I believe the new generation or the generation z is suffering from mental health issues in greater magnitude than the Millennials. However, thisn is not same every where. For example, generation z in Tibet arevery different from generation z in the issue. We should aos refer to location while tryong to analize mental health issue of Post-Millennials.
Posted by vinaya on 04-18-2018
ion
Well, maybe, By using too much gadgets might be the cause of the mental illness. I saw some kids right now with crazy behavior. not even control their anger while using their gadgets. always inside their house and not enjoying the environment. Most of them has Anxiety and don't know how to talk to other people. that's why a simple joke will immediately cause of suicide. They living inside the imaginary friends from games and social media.
Posted by ion on 04-09-2018
Steve5
I think it's true to some degree. We all experience mental illness in varying forms. Some can be as mild as being delusional of the truth to as severe as ADHD. I believe Generation Z has its flaws. But there's also a redeeming feature. While most do believe that they're privileged, some also have talent along with skills.
Posted by Steve5 on 04-10-2018
Corzhens
Pardon me to contradict the issue because for me, a generation is just a name for the group of people born in a particular period. I remember the term “baby boomer” which was about babies born after the 2nd world war. Anyway, the younger generation is said to be like that and like this but we never really can tell because people will be people which means each of us have their own idiosyncrasies and it can never be generalized. Like in my generation, they said the guys with long hair were addicts. So now the millennials are spoiled brats? I don’t think that the label can apply to all of them.
Posted by Corzhens on 04-10-2018
overcast
Yes but the thing is new generation has more addiction than in past. In past people were not much intelligent but they knew how to handle the things. For example, mental health today is more of concern of the new generation than in past. So we learn from those things slowly.
Posted by overcast on 04-18-2018
TheArticulate
The fact that your statistic about 98% of Gen Z having a mental disorder came from Tumblr, all credibility of the statement went out the window. Absolutely not, and until there's a legitimate study published through a reliable source, I don't think that that statistic is accurate.

I take issue with people putting blanket statements across groups of people, like you're doing with entire generations. You make this bolded statement that implies that Millennial and Generation Z are awful generations, which I think is very narrow-minded of you and a little on the ignorant side (I'm a Millennial myself, and I know that the fellow members of my generation certianly know better than to cite a Tumblr post as a valid source for something regarding statistical significance).

I'm in a unique position because I was born in 1994, so I'm at the tail end of the Millenial generation and just barely missed the cutoff for being Gen Z, but puts me incredibly close to those who are of the next generation. Since I work at a college, I went to school with people of both generations, and I continue to work with members of Gen Z on a daily basis in higher education. I can assure you, I've had so many positive experiences with bright, caring, and passionate students, and it makes me feel so good to know that these students and I are going to be future of our country. Maybe I just have a better outlook on life than those who are older than me, and I'm less cynical, but I'm really proud of the youth in our country.

Look at the students who are survivors of the school shooting in Florida who are now advocating for gun policy changes in the U.S. Those are members of Gen Z, and I'm beyond proud of them for what they're doing. Regardless of what you think about their policies or politics, you can't deny that they're making a difference. It's not being reflected in policy changes yet, but their voices are being heard across the country, they're making people talk about the issue, and they're challenging how comfortable we are on the topic. And the best part? They're HIGH SCHOOL students. They're passionate, driven, and I have no doubt they'll make change with what they do in their lives.

Anyway, that's what I think. I think you have a skewed misconception about younger generations, and it's probably because you're out of touch with them and don't actually interact with them regularly like I do. Just my two cents.
Posted by TheArticulate on 04-11-2018
NickJ
I think unfortunately, with all of the school shootings - generation Z is indeed going to grow up being more paranoid and afraid of their surroundings than us millennials.
Posted by NickJ on 04-11-2018
chatbox
I don't believe at all that 98% of post-millennials have poor mental health. Anyone who makes such sweeping generalization is probably the one who needs to have himself checked for mental or behavioral issues. They may be living in a fast-paced, tech-driven world but they will still go through the same basic drills we've gone through. The spoiled, rotten, and egoistic kinds do exist in all generations so it's not fair to pin it on gen z. They are, after all, the product of the generation before them.
Posted by chatbox on 04-13-2018
medelynsumile
98% got to be a big percentage. Maybe the influence of social media and new entertainments had a big contribution to this. A lot of children in today's generation are very dependent on their gadgets. Whenever they want something they can get it because of the fast and easy access bought by technology. That's why they expect everything to be given to them directly.

When I was a child my mom can't afford the gadgets that are available that time because it was very expensive. I was forced to go out and play with other kids in the street. By then I learn to mingle with other people, be sensible enough to other feelings to maintain a good relationship, work together as a team to achieve a common goal, work things out if we have misunderstanding and we do communicate a lot that strengthen our relationship with my friends. In today's generation they play inside their houses with their gadgets. Interacting physically with other kids has been gone causing them not to experience things outside that might shape their moral values.
Posted by medelynsumile on 04-15-2018
Anonymous
I'm part of what we call millennial today and I am guilty of having a mental illness but it isn't a serious one. I think the study is to compare the people from old generations with today's millennial people. We all know that we have democracy and independence rights so we have all the right to do anything except from violating the existing laws and committing inhumane acts. I think because we are free today that is why our thinking is carefree sometimes. We think a lot. Most people nowadays are spoiled especially the 2000's kids. Millennial people's emotion can easily be triggered that is why I think in applying for a job now testing your skills and IQ is not enough, emotional quotient of the applicant is very important now to test if he or she is not mentally ill to face the world's reality.
Posted by Anonymous on 04-16-2018
muaaz.93
First of all, I am not a part of Generation Z. As I was born a bit early than 1995. My Brother was born in 1999 and I can certainly tell you that he can't face dissapointments. He is whiny about the stuff and always day dreaming about the latest cars and smartphones. Yes we all like to get better products but being after some materialistic thing like that makes me feel that he has some issues. He owns a good phone of around 400$ which was given by the parents. He travels either by the family owned cars or in Uber. I have lived in a time when we had to travel by foot during summers and cold winters to get the bus. Then these people of 2000's are like why should I give 5 stars to an Uber driver. His car didn't had an "airfreshner". SO I THINK YES people of 2000's are more dependent on materialistic items and are mentally ill. They could be smart but with one illness or another.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 04-17-2018
Anonymous
The percentage given on the statistics was too high for me to believe. For me, the people who belong in the Generation Z has wider medium to express themselves thus resulting to lower mental anxiety.
Posted by Anonymous on 04-21-2018
joey98
I have always thought a generation last 30 years old, and it's logical, because when we make it till thirty we start to have a nostalgia accompanied with some resentment toward the younger generation. and the cliche of the previous generation is better then then next is unfortunately true.
Posted by joey98 on 06-15-2018
mdayrit
In my opinion, social media affects these generation's mental health. With the use of social media, they could easily see updates on other people's lives that they tend to compare it with theirs. What they see on pictures are how perfect things are for other people and think why it can't be the same for them. This could give them that depressed feeling that if not properly guided could lead to a more serious problem.
Posted by mdayrit on 06-19-2018
Drean2002
I don't agree nor disagree. You can't just say 98% has a mental illness. I would like to see some proof if this is real but that seems impossible. Yes. Most of us are using social media, gadgets etc. But getting a mental illness depends on the person itself and how they understand what is posted in blogs etc. For me... It is like a 50/50 that has mental illness and don't. There are people having mental illness because of gadgets and etc. but there is still a way to fix this if a person has a mental illness. That's why I disagree on the 98% part and agree on the mental illness part. The Generation Z, I don't know such thing.
Posted by Drean2002 on 06-29-2018
ballyhara
More than having a Z gen, I think Millennials have been exposed to more stressful situations. Between 90's and 2000's so much big things happened, technology brought us Internet, cell phones, tablets, modern communications that have made our life easier, but also more surrounded by social pressure and stress. I grew up in the 80's where we didn't know about social media, but we had tons of friends, we didn't know about bullying, but we knew how to stand for ourselves, we knew we all had different points of view, but we didn't wen to school shooting classmates and teachers. We accepted all the modern facilities, but is now that we are seeing their disadvantages, and the only way to get over those, is buy learning how to handle them.
Posted by ballyhara on 07-01-2018
RhealaineS
Well I think it's one the the negative effects of social media. Usually, people only post positive things about them. People usually post good pictures, new stuff, new adventure, and other positive things only. They want to share to the world how happy their life is. Sometimes, seeing those things will only make other people feel pathetic. Imagine someone who is living a miserable or sad life and then after browsing on facebook or other sites, seeing how happy other people is, seeing that they have things that he/she don't have, etc., that will just make the person feel more miserable.
Posted by RhealaineS on 07-08-2018
Chinet23
There maybe some truth in it because most people of this generation seemed to be too self absorbed. Some go to the extent of risking their lives just for some photo worthy moment. These don't impress me because they don't see the value of their lives. They are becoming superficial. Because of the advent of technology, they can have things at an instant. They lose the value of patience and hardwork. They lack resilience because they always have the easy way. Hence, they easily get disappointed and lack the skills to cope with unfortunate circumstances. An expert said that taking too much selfies is a form of mental illness because these people need to have the approval of others. There could be a rise in the mental illness among this generation but I'm not convinced with the said figure.
Posted by Chinet23 on 07-27-2018