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Who Is Burned Out, And Why?

Stas Kulesh
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Nov 25, 2019 · 4 mins read
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You’re about to find out why many experiences can leave someone being drained of energy regularly. Fascinating and shocking, the aspect of burnout is inescapable conditions, mostly for people who are in the millennial generation and one who doesn’t have a simplex fix.

What is a burnout

What’s a ‘Burnout’?

Anne Helen Petersen popularised the ‘burnout’ term in her article called ‘How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation’ earlier this year. She addresses few contributors to millennial specific burnout, and the first contributor is the way people are raised.

According to Petersen, everyone is doomed to become burned out.

What is a burnout

Petersen cites social media as another factor that contributes to inadequacy or burns out. For instance, people using Instagram have a feeling that they are better and successful even though when it comes to the real world, such an aspect is far from reality. According to Petersen, burnout is highly situational and can occur to anyone.

World Health Organization (WHO) defines occupational burnout as a group of symptoms that are linked to long-term, unresolved, work-related stress. While burnout influences health and may be a reason for people contacting health services, it is not itself classified by the WHO as a medical condition however.


What is a burnout

A Mental Health Foundation’s 2018 study which was conducted in the UK found that ²⁄₃ of the respondents suffer millennial burnout. The burnout is caused by stress because they are unable to cope with work-life disbalance. Besides, the study found that people between the ages of 18-24 are the ones who experiences burnout because of comparing themselves with other people which was the main source of stress.

24/7 is too much

The Insider on burnout

The Insider popularises the idea that millennials are experiencing a particular type of burnout as discussed by the BuzzFeed writer, who argued that recently, life and work have been so blurred, and there is no balance between work and life anymore. The author claims that people are habitually online 24/7, which means that they are expected to be available, whether it is on the matter of work or social message or love. The author also examines that such traits do not stop on holidays and therefore minimising the time one has for relaxation.

Staying connected

Millennials is the group that first engage who mostly feels at the home of the internet. Different factors have revolutionised how they interact with one another. For instance, gadgets such as laptops and smartphones have been used in defining the way such generation interacted with one another. Studies have portrayed millennials as one of the least engaged ages, where only ¹⁄₃ of this generation is engaged while the rest are not engaged. This kind of generation changes jobs more often than any other generation, where about 21% of them were reported to change their job in the last year. Besides, 60% of this group has been reported to be exposed to different opportunities.

Millennials and burnout

It has been estimated that the turnout of millennials has costs the U.S. economy an estimated amount of $30.5 billion annually.

Finally, in another report, 44 per cent of Millennial says that they are only likely to be engaged in a situation where their managers are holding regular meetings with them. Only 21 per cent indicates that they hold meetings with their managers’ regularly. Half of the millennial indicated that they are satisfied with the kind of money which they have to spend. A research that was done on millennials and technology found that they are more likely to use technologies at a higher end. Such an aspect makes them have more positive views of IT strategies and their encounters. Among the people who were surveyed, they indicated that they have one of the latest personal devices.

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Stas Kulesh
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Written by Stas Kulesh
Karma bot founder. I blog, play fretless guitar, watch Peep Show and run a digital design/dev shop in Auckland, New Zealand. Parenting too.