Why Are Gen Y Yuppies Unhappy? [INFOGRAPHIC]
Generation Y is unlike any other generation, mainly because they are born with so many secondhand problems. The job market they are entering is the worst of many years, and their happy-go-lucky “I deserve it” attitude doesn’t go well with the rejection of the real world. Unlike the soccer participation trophy they received as kids, getting a job isn’t guaranteed. And if happiness could be calculated with a mathematical equation, I’d say happiness equals reality minus expectations. The reality of today’s job market minus Gen Y’s expectations for their dream jobs means Generation Y is generally unhappy.
Of generations most heavily diagnosed with depression and anxiety, Generation Y takes the cake for the highest. The cause of this statistic actually goes back two generations to Generation Y’s grandparents from the GI generation, born from 1902 to 1924. Going through the Great Depression and World War II, these folks valued economic security and worked hard to make sure their children had it better than they did. Their kids were the baby boomers and became the parents of Gen Y. The GI Generation raised their kids to believe that hard work would produce successful and stable careers. Of course, that much was true with the booming economic society of that time. Because of this, millennials are glued to the prospect of unbound possibility, so much so that a successful career isn’t enough. They want a fulfilling career in a job they love, and their optimism knows no bounds.
Now, entering the workforce all bright eyed and bushy tailed, Gen Y thinks they are destined (and maybe even entitled to) great things. The portion of Gen Y who believe they are destined for great things is much greater than that of previous generations – 80% of Gen Y describe themselves as “very important,” while just 12% of their counterparts in the 1950s thought as highly of themselves.
Millennials are also entirely too occupied with keeping up with one another. They’ve got to be having more fun, making more money and doing more good than anyone else. Thanks to social media, it’s easy to see where they fit in to that hierarchy. Jealousy consumes the minds of millennials, and while they are sitting and wondering where their certificate of participation is, life is blowing right past them.
For more on why Generation Y yuppies are so unhappy, take a look at the infographic below. You might learn a thing or two about yourself. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments, and like and share!