Gen Z is no stranger to burnout. Like a lurking monster, it is ready to pounce at any moment. Let’s talk about this treacherous beast and its causes. The following are the factors that may contribute to burnout:
1. Constant Connectivity
As a generation that grew up with smartphones, social media, and instant communication, Gen Z is constantly connected and exposed to a bombardment of notifications, messages, and updates. This continuous connectivity can lead to burnout as it becomes difficult to disconnect and take breaks. It leads to an obligation to always be available and responsive.
2. Uncertain Future
Gen Z has grown up amid economic instability, political unrest, and environmental challenges. These factors give rise to an increased sense of uncertainty about their future, causing anxiety and stress.
3. Social Media Pressure
Social media platforms play a key role in connecting, sharing, and presenting ourselves to the world. But social media can contribute to a sense of pressure to maintain a certain image compared to others and seek validation through likes and comments. A constant need to curate an ideal online presence can be mentally exhausting and contribute to burnout.
4. Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)
The fear of missing out on social events, trends, or experiences is particularly prevalent among Gen Z. With social media platforms constantly showing what’s happening and inviting constant involvement, a sense of pressure develops. In order to avoid missing out, we become compulsive about staying connected and engaged, which can lead to burnout.
5. Academic Pressure
Often, Gen Z faces high levels of academic pressure, including the expectation of excelling academically and securing a successful future. This pressure can lead to overcommitment, excess studying, and the constant pursuit of perfection.
6. Work-Life Imbalance
Gen Z is entering the workforce with high expectations for work-life balance and job satisfaction. But competitive job markets, demanding work environments, and the hustle culture often leads to long working hours, little time for self-care, and a lack of balance between work and personal life.
7. Sense of Loneliness
As a result of social isolation and loneliness, Gen Z can be burned out more quickly, as the absence of strong and meaningful social connections and support systems can leave them feeling emotionally exhausted, motivated, and detached from others, which ultimately contributes to their burnout.
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