The United States of Stress: Survey Reveals Top Millennial Stressors

Millennials Believe Life Is More Stressful Today Than for Generations Prior

Burnout is now recognized as a legitimate diagnosis by the World Health Organization, which made us ask: Just how stressed out are millennials?

We surveyed 2,000 Americans across the country to learn about their stress levels, the impact stress has on their lives, and the coping methods and remedies they turn to.


Which everyday stressors place the greatest burden on millennials? Finances, work pressures and mental health concerns top the list — not surprising given that millennials name these as major reasons life feels more stressful today than ever before.

Stress doesn’t only take a mental toll, it also impacts millennials’ behavior and their bodies. We asked people about those side effects and found that a majority of millennials experience anxiety, social withdrawal and fatigue during periods of stress.

Despite feeling stressed out multiple times a week, only 12 percent of millennials regularly set aside time to de-stress, often turning to TV, movies and music.

There are many remedies to cope with stress. While 56 percent cite technology and media overload as reasons life feels more stressful today than it was in previous generations, only nine percent enact a technology detox to recharge and recuperate after a period of stress.

Methodology: Between June 20 and 21, 2019, we surveyed 2,010 Americans about their stress levels. Respondents’ ages ranged between 18 and 37 with an average age of 28. 57 percent of respondents were female, 43 percent were male.

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