Why are Millennials (namely the 20-something-year-olds) the most anxious generation in 80 years?
Common explanations point to overly involved "helicopter" parents and the vast amount of life choices available to young people today that can drive them into a veritable standstill when making big decisions. Others will point toward the longer amount of time the average Millennial lives at home with their parents before striking out on their own. But the reality is, most 20-somethings are still leaving their parents' nest, and many are moving away...very, very far away.
According to the New York Post, the distance in which young people are moving away from the influence and assistance of their parents could be a major factor in their anxiety levels. Millennials go from constant contact with their families to almost no contact at all, rather than choosing the middle ground of making a life of their own a short drive away.
Economic mobility has given more young people than ever the option to move away from their hometown, and recent research shows that half of them do. Yet the American Psychological Association conducted a study — that we don't really need because it's obvious — that shows that Millennials who have close family to turn to in times of trouble are less likely to be anxious.
And being geographically close to a solid family structure isn't just a benefit to young people. Another study shows that for people 45 and older, 85 percent of them think it's "very important" to be near their children and grandchildren. Younger people can certainly help out their aging parents as well.
What do you think?