Proposer - Tanya Long
Def'n - wimp: a weak and fearful or unadventurous person; someone lacking confidence, determination and resilience, unable to cope with normal challenges of everyday life.
Teenagers and young adults appear to be having a tough time growing up.
The incidence of mental health issues – depression, anxiety, eating disorders – in adolescents and young adults is on the rise. People between 15 and 24 report the highest rate of mental illness and addiction compared to any other age group.
Suicides are also on the rise. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death in this age group (15-24), second only to accidental deaths.
There has been a call for “trigger warnings” on class materials if the material includes something (depiction of a rape, war, physical abuse, for example) that could trigger a negative reaction in a student. See https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/09/the-coddling-of-the-american-mind/399356/.
What’s going on? What are some of the possible reasons for these alarming statistics?
Helicopter parenting: a parent who takes an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of their child or children.
An environment of economic and job insecurity and looming student debt
Intense competition – for jobs, for places in university, for “popularity”
A turbulent social environment, including even the threat of war
Social mediaThanks Jon for the link to this article: Https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/
What can we do about it?
Is there an upside, in that maybe it’s a good thing to have a more sensitive generation?
Is it really more of a problem or do we have more awareness and acceptance of the fact of mental illness?
Is this an issue that affects young women more than men? If yes, why?