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The Declining Mental Health of Millenials: Is Depression the New Normal?

The Declining Mental Health of Millenials: Is Depression the New Normal? | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) |


The declining mental health of millenials: is depression the new normal?"


"It is a familiar sight to see a group of teens bent over phones or gaming devices, checking in, tagging each other, posting pictures and commenting, and waiting impatiently for all their cyber friends to ‘like’ their work, or re-tweet their location, or post an accompanying video.

Teenagers today are some of the most enthusiastic users of social media sites like Facebook, and as an age group their Internet use is near universal—a full 95 percent of teens are now online.


This trend has provoked anxiety, raising a range of concerns, from sex predators to promoting a sedentary lifestyle. Less noticed has been the effects of heavy media use on mental health.


But just as teen internet use has risen in recent years, teen depression and psychopathology has risen five-fold since the early part of the 20th century.


This relationship has recently been of concern to psychologists and psychiatric epidemiologists. Dr. Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, has been one of the most outspoken in her field on linking these two trends.


As she says in her recent book, The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement, rising rates of depression are partly the result of a culture that promotes the narcissism pulsing through social media usage.

Americans—especially teenagers—now rely so much on external and immediate gratification, social status and image, and the superficial gain they get from social media that they are forgoing values that contribute to a sound internal life—like strong communities built more on.........

Via Lon Woodbury, Sam Ross, Teenage Whisperer
Sam Ross, Teenage Whisperer's curator insight, October 25, 2013 5:37 AM

Very interesting article on the increase in teen depression and social media isage. Feeling one’s fate is shaped by external forces rather than one’s own efforts is more likely to cause depression and anxiety than feeling an internal drive and control over one’s future, and it is argued that social  media amplifies these feelings.

David Collet's curator insight, October 29, 2013 10:59 PM

For too long, and for too many, entertainment is not something you actively participate in. It is something that happens to you (or for you).

Louise Avril's curator insight, November 1, 2013 1:56 PM

will look at this in more detail, this will help with my presentation as well as give more insights.

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The top floor! | Second Firsts

The top floor! | Second Firsts | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) |
I always believed that fulfilling my dreams would bring me unlimited happiness. I believed that if only I could do the impossible... I could be happy. There was always a condition surrounding happiness.


".....As the days went by I no longer looked at the views. I no longer had time to admire my big house.

I was so busy trying to get to the floor above as I had convinced myself that Happiness must be on a higher floor. Maybe I had to work harder and try and get up there.After months of working really hard I finally got to the floor above.
This floor too was magnificent but Happiness still nowhere to be found.

And that is when it hit me.And it hit me hard.

I was aiming so high.I was working so hard and was so determined that I passed happiness along the way to the top floor and did not notice her.
I was so busy climbing as far away from loss that happiness could not keep up with me.  She stayed a few floors down.She wanted to join me up there but I was not going on happiness speed. I was on a speed outside of life’s maximum dial.


In that speed however high you climb the only friend who joins you is stress.
And stress loves acceleration and high floors.

So when I realized that I left happiness on the floors below I started going down, slowly…enjoying the view. Looking for my happiness at her speed.
Slow but methodical.I found her waiting for me a few floors down.

Calm.All knowing. And so peaceful.

On our way up she told me that when people go through devastating losses they get these super powers that can indeed make all of their dreams come true.But at first they can’t control their speed and they get carried away with working hard.

As time goes by not only do they learn that they can do the impossible but that they also don’t need to work too hard and drive so fast to get there.

So if you are someone who has been working so hard to start over and you have been driving at that very fast speed I am going to ask you to slow down.

Turn around.And look for all the wonderful things that you are leaving behind.
Make sure that you are not rooming with stress.And remember that you won’t lose your superpowers or the top floor if you go up the stairs one step at a time.

With calm,



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