Millennials Face Burnout From Work And Social Comparison

 

Millennials (people born between 1981 and 1996) are more prone to burnout than an earlier generation. So much so that they are being called “the burnout generation.” However, according to a BBC article, resilience, a commonly proposed trait, doesn’t work.

Millennial burnout shares similarities with regular burnout, otherwise known as work burnout. Burnout is a response to prolonged stress and typically involves emotional exhaustion, cynicism or detachment, and feeling ineffective. The six main risk factors for work burnout are having an overwhelming workload, limited control, unrewarding work, unfair work, work that conflicts with values and a lack of community in the workplace.

People who have to navigate complex, contradictory and sometimes hostile environments are vulnerable to burnout. If millennials are found to be suffering higher levels of burnout, this might indicate that they face more problematic environments. It is quite possibly the same stuff that stresses everyone, but it is occurring in new, unexpected or greater ways for millennials, and we have missed this trend.

For example, we know that traditional social comparison plays a role in work burnout. For millennials, social competition and comparison are continually reinforced online, and engaging with this has already been shown to be associated with depressive symptoms in young people.

Even if the millennials avoid social media, using technology and going online can be physically and emotionally exhausting. Excessive Internet use has been linked to burnout at school. These are just some of the ways that millennials have been increasingly exposed to the same stress-inducers that we know can negatively affect people in the workplace.

A recent approach to tackling work burnout is to train people to be more resilient. This is underpinned by the assumption that highly competent people can improve their working practices to avoid burnout. However, highly competent, psychologically healthy and seemingly resilient people are likely to face an increased risk of burnout.

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Bill Gates Launches Ambitious Toilet Program

Imagine a billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist speaking at a conference with a jar of human poop beside him. That’s Microsoft founder Bill Gates in reality as he spoke of a global initiative on stage in Beijing on Tuesday.

Showcasing human excrement was part of his speech at the Reinvented Toilet Expo event, a forum for new toilet technologies,

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All Ye Folks, Sleep Tight

Sleep helps us get a handle on our emotions by activating the amygdala, the brain’s emotional core.

Research has shown that sleep helps us process emotions. Sleep plays a key role in making sense of information based on experiences from the day. Therefore, getting enough sleep is critical for preserving memories. Emotional memories are unique because of the way they trigger the amygdala,

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Should Email On Weekends Be Banned?

For the average working person, switching off work at the end of the day is a relief and joy.

But experts say we’re increasingly failing to do so, instead bringing leftover work home with us and fielding emails during our personal time. Unsurprisingly, this routine has some negative consequences, according to a BBC feature.

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There Is No Safe Level Of Drinking, Study Says

There's no amount of liquor, wine, or beer that is safe for one's overall health, according to a new analysis of global alcohol consumption and disease risk.

Alcohol was the leading risk factor for disease and premature death in men and women between the ages of 15 and 49 worldwide in 2016, according to the study, published Thursday in the journal The Lancet, report

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