The unhappiest generation in a decade!

I was a 16-25 year old between the years 1963 and 1972. I had lived in a house rented from the Methodist church from the day I was born. At 16 I was The Breadwinner. We had no car, no phone, no bathroom, no inside toilet, and I had a stinking job in a tannery having left school at 16, that paid £4 per week. Meals were scraped from the seashore, mussels, cockles, mackerel in summer, cod in winter. We had an allotment too.

Now read this:

“TODAY’S young people are the ­unhappiest in almost a decade because they do not know how to cope with ­setbacks, research by the Prince’s Trust has found.

The charity, founded by the Prince of Wales, said worries about the future, money, and “not being good enough” were “piling up” on the minds of those aged 16-25. Its research found that happiness and confidence in emotional health had dropped to their lowest levels since 2009.

The charity’s research index rates young ­people’s emotional health by ranking happiness levels in areas such as work and relationships from 0 to 100.

In this year’s survey the overall average figure was 57, a four-point fall from the previous year and down from 70 when the study was first carried out. The percentage of young people who have revealed they regularly feel stressed, a Prince’s Trust survey has found is 61%.

Almost half of the young people said they did not feel they could cope well with setbacks in life. Financial worries were behind the issues experienced by many respondents, with one in three saying that being without a job would put their mental health at risk.

One in 10 said they had lost a job through redundancy or having a ­contract terminated or not renewed, or being fired, and 54 per cent said they were worried about their finances. Sixty-one per cent of young people said they regularly felt stressed, 53 per cent that they regularly felt anxious and 27 per cent said they felt hopeless on a regular basis.”

Now, I am NOT going to express an opinion on this piece of research for fear of causing offence! Or for fear of being reported for hate speech, but I would welcome any views on how these young people’s anxieties can be alleviated, or what I as a Baby Boomer can do to help? You see I did grow up in an environment of daily setbacks as my opening paragraph highlights, but …..

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8 replies

  1. When I first read your post, I thought it is due to instant gratification. Then I read this comment this morning (from Break The Twitch) “We’re in a world where delayed gratification, something proven to increase success and satisfaction in life, is practically nonexistent.” I also chuckled to myself, it only took me seconds to buy the book online to find out it has 57 pages and cost me $9.99 to buy it ;-(!

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    • I think you’ve hit at least one of the nails on the head! Delayed gratification is proven to contribute more to psychological well-being, but we live in a world of instant gratification, or at least the striving for it. “Can’t get what you want immediately? Then move on, not worth the effort”. It’s definitely a generational thing typified by no longer needing to save up for something, just put it on the credit card! There’s also a close link with Skinner’s Operant Conditioning and it’s so called schedules of reinforcement. This is how slot machines work; vary the interval of reward and folks just keep going. It’s all about developing resilience. My opening paragraph of my post is virtually saying that if I didn’t go out to work at 16 then me and my mum didn’t eat! Gratification came with a weekly pay packet with real money in it!

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    • Hey – I still haven’t figured out the Reblog Widget, but I did reference this post in my post today – hope you don’t mind!


      • It’s easy, it’s not about having the widget on your own site, it matters whether the site you want to reblog a post from has it. Try this: Go to my site and find the post about unhappy generation. Scroll to the bottom and you’ll see like button, a place to comment and a Reblog button. Click it. A little box will now open for you to write one or two lines of introduction, but not essential. You could say “ interesting post about unhappiness in the U.K., are we the same in the US?”. Then click to reblog and that’s it! See if you can get it to work


  2. It’s no different in the US. I, too, wonder what can be done.


  3. In my early years of work, in 1968, I got stressed, but didn’t have the terminology or understanding to know what was going on, just these strange feelings. I went to the doctor and was prescribed valium for a while, until I managed to get off it.
    I think the understanding of such issues is much better today – a positive development. And society should recognise that we are making young lives more stressed by policies that benefit older generations at their expense.
    If we were in denial or unaware of emotional issues that may have happened in our early years, it does not mean that there was no problem then.

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  4. The problem as I see it as these things are brought to the attention of children much sooner and they are almost encouraged to identify issues to worry about them. When I was at school there was no such thing as stress of mental health issues.

    Even between 16 and 25 I was blissfully unaware of such things, I didn’t worry about anything except for how long it took the weekend to come round.

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  1. The Kindle made me do it, AGAIN! – Quaint Revival

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