by Vivian Giang
In the study "Generational Differences in Young Adults’ Life Goals, Concern of Others, and Civic Orientation," researchers say that Gen Y-ers exhibit an increase in anxiety, depression and mental health issues compared to previous generations.
But these complications are worst in women because of the added difficulty of balancing work and family.
"A millennial female burnout syndrome is emerging," says Erica Dhawan, an MBA student at MIT and MPA student at Harvard, specializing in Gen Y, co-founder of the Galahads: the Secret Society for Kickass Women and a speaker at this year’s World Economic Forum at Davos.
In fact, they’re burning out by the age of 30, writes Larissa Faw in Forbes:
Today, 53 percent of corporate entry-level jobs are held by women … Men are twice as likely as women to advance at each career transition stage. One rationale is that men are more likely than women to do things that help their personal well being at work, thus negating burnout, according to the Captivate Network. Men are 25 percent more likely to take breaks throughout the day for personal activities, 7 percent more likely to take a walk, 5 percent more likely to go out to lunch, and 35 percent more likely to take breaks “just to relax.”
According to MTV’s new “No Collar Workers” study, Millennials have a real desire to connect with their work and would “rather have no job than a job they hate.” With this need for a sense of purpose and technology playing a major role, it’s easy for young people to work around the clock without even realizing it.
The lines are blurred between work and play because young people want to enter careers that they enjoy, Dhawan told us. Hence, if they enjoy their careers, they’ll most likely put more time into it. In fact, college-educated Gen Y-ers can have a nine-to-five job and also have their five-to-nine job where they’re freelancing or working on launching an organization.
And Millennial women are feeling it the most.
Anyone who has ever daydreamed about heroic activities as a child might remember the passive role the imaginary spectators take on while you rescue them, display superpowers or battle your antagonists. As China Miéville said of Frank Miller’s earlier celebrated comic-book miniseries “The Dark Knight Returns”: “The underlying idea is that people are sheep, who need Strong Shepherds.” Throughout Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, the people for whom Batman is fighting are absent. There are some awed children, and a couple of people foolish enough to think that they could dress up as Batman, but they put in no more than fleeting appearances. Fascism also relies on people who must be crushed. The Batman films — and indeed the entire Batman mythos — are based on the idea that what criminals really need is a damn good thrashing, because it’s the only language these punks understand. The vicarious thrill in seeing Batman yell “Swear to me!” at some pitiful creep who swears to God he doesn’t know anything is for the nasty-minded child in all of us: an innocent pleasure until you start to think about the politics. Always lurking in these movies, too, is the assumption that whether or not we should torture people is actually a question, surely the most obscene symptom of the cultural shift toward right-wing ideas in a liberal coating (seen also in “Homeland” and “Battlestar Galactica”). Alan Moore attempted to bring this to our attention in his masterpiece “Watchmen,” but to his chagrin it was simply absorbed into the geek mainstream. The comic book intended to question the dubious right-wing nature and unexamined fascistic assumptions of superhero narratives ended up being made into a film by Zack Snyder. Capitalism, of course, has an advantage over fascism: it has survived longer because it can incorporate criticism and pseudo-criticism. “Iron Man,” for instance, begins with the premise that high-tech weaponry is indeed a Bad Thing, but its solution is that the guy who built it should have a conscience. Then its use is just cool. Just as Superman’s triumph is due not to heroism but to his physical strength, the successes of Iron Man and Batman are due to their equipment.