Gen Y is not lazy, just stressing out

FAR from the lazy slackers they are often portrayed as, a new study has shown Gen Y consider themselves busy and stressed.

The Future Leaders paper from the textbook chain Co-op Bookstore and accountancy firm BDO showed 71% of regional Queenslanders aged between 18 and 29 consider themselves busy - with young parents and students topping the list.

Bundaberg CQUniversity engineering student Carly Smith said for many students the stress of deadlines was a constant.

"There is a constant state of stress," she said.

"It's not always very big, but worrying about uni and assessment is always there."

Ms Smith said money, study and keeping healthy were the main concerns Bundaberg's young people were stressed about.

"Deadlines are probably the main thing people worry about - study as well as things like paying bills," she said.

"There is a bit of a stigma about young people being stressed, but I do think there isn't a real understanding about what young people go through today."

The research found regional Queensland youth were busier than their metropolitan counterparts - but slightly fewer considered themselves stressed.

In Brisbane 64% of the age group considered themselves busy, while in regional Queensland 71% believed they were busy. But just 46% of regional youth said they were stressed compared to 51% of Brisbane youth.

The study also found 62% of regional Queenslanders enjoyed being stressed - a statistic Co-op chief Peter Knock said could lead to long-term health concerns.

"The 2015 Future Leaders Index tells us that majority of 18-29 year olds are in fact stressing themselves out over work and study and putting their health at risk in the process," he said.

"Things like the health and happiness of individuals, business and industry productivity, healthcare policy and budgets could all be affected by the super stressed young people in years to come."


The Co-op Bookstore and BDO Future Leaders research paper found:

Saving money is the top cause of stress for 63% of young regional Queenslanders.

Study pressures were second at 48%

Staying health was third at 44%

Women are twice as likely to be stressed as men

Topics:  generation y gen y health mental health stress

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