No, It’s Not In Your Head: Study Shows Young Women More Stressed Than Everyone Else
3:45 pm, June 15th | by Amy Tennery
The report, which was published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, asked 2,000 different respondents to comment on their relative levels of stress. And it showed that women — particularly younger women, can’t stress that enough — had higher levels of stress than every other demographic in America. Pity party: May it rain down upon us.
The report didn’t specify what types of stress were more prevalent (i.e., family, personal, job), but I think it’s safe to say the whole “starting your life and career from scratch thing” may give some people the willies. Call me crazy. The study, by the way, also mentioned that this is self-reported stress — which means that younger women may just be more likely to perceive themselves as stressed out. I’m choosing to call that “being in touch with your feelings,” as opposed to the inevitable, less flattering characterizations.
The upside (if you want to call it that) is that women in the study reported decreasing levels of stress as they got older, proving the old adage that some people really do get their proverbial sh*t together as they age. (Is that actually an adage? Well, I’m making it one.) The study showed that by the time you hit 30 you’re less stressed out than you were when you were 20. I like the sound of that.
And, for whatever it’s worth, the report showed that everyone surveyed saw his or her stress levels climbed by at least 10 percent in the last 25 years. So maybe we all could use a little meditative time.