While 2016 has been a particularly stressful year, multiple studies of “Generation Y” (people born in the 1980s and 1990s) have claimed to live in the “age of desperation,” according to Marjorie Wallace. She is the CEO of the charity “Sane”, which works from a multitude of psychological studies, solely on the level of anxiety that Gen Y faces.
A survey conducted in 2013 found that in the United States, 57% of students experiencing “overwhelming anxiety” periods, and one study in the UK found that one-third of young women and 10% of men of the millennium suffered from panic attacks.
This level of anxiety is significantly higher than that of previous generations. It is attributed to the anguish produced by social media, parental dependence because of too protective parents, and too much choice which is emotionally crippling, according to researchers such as Rachael Dove and Pieter Kruger.
Kruger says that diversity of choice increases the fear of failure and the absence of confinement, increasing an obsessive need to make the right decisions, which often results in no decision at all. The resulting internal pressure leads to insurmountable anxiety, and social media has created FOMO (fear of missing something), according to Kruger. This phenomenon, which compares you too much to other people’s lives, has led this generation to chronically feel inferior to others.
Of course, what people on social media do with their lives, has nothing to do with everyday reality. FOMO is a good reason to get out of a social media addiction that encourages this depressed state, and to find sources that promote inner peace.
The video you are about to see below is the result of neuroscience research at Mindlab International, to find that music combined with a visual stimulus, has reduced anxiety by 65% in subjects who have tried to solve a stressful puzzle. They found a song called “Weightless” that had this magical impact, while reducing physiological stress by 35%, when people are not in a stressful environment. “Weightless” was so relaxing that the researchers advise against driving while listening! Let us know how you feel after this experience.
If you struggle with anxiety, music therapy may be able to help you. Watch the video below to listen to the song Marconi Union’s Weightless.
Sources Neuroscientists have discovered that listening to music could reduce anxiety by 65%: