America's Growing Stress

America's Growing Stress

The following article talks about Americans' responses to stress in their daily life and how reported stress has changed over the years. In the graph below, you can Gallup poll responses to "Do you have enough time to do all you want to do" and "frequently experience stress in daily life." The trend is that more and more people are feeling stressed in their daily life and less and less people have enough time to do all they want to do. The reasoning behind the high 2001 frequency of stress is 9/11 and indecision about the safety of our country, but in 2003, we see stress fell to 33% only to rise in the next decade and a half to 44%. The article identifies that age is a significant factor as young people are much more likely to not have enough time in the day and to feel stressed throughout the day than older generations. The study illuminates children and work as major causes of this stress peak. The most interesting aspect of the article, in my opinion, is the correlation between smartphone use, social media and higher levels of stress. People of younger ages are becoming stressed earlier on likely because of these reasons. What can young people do to decrease the amount of stress in their daily lives? What can/should society do to make daily life feel less overwhelming and unfulfilled?

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