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8 In 10 Millennials Believe They Aren’t ‘Good Enough’

Fair or not, young adults have become a scapegoat of sorts for a myriad of societal problems and changes. What seems to be lost in this conversation is the effect this is having on many Millennials’ mental health and self-confidence.

Now, a new survey consisting of 2,000 Millennials (ages 22-38) has revealed some troubling statistics regarding how young adults see themselves. An astounding 80% believe they are not “good enough” in virtually all areas of their lives. Furthermore, 75% of the survey’s respondents admit that they constantly feel “overwhelmed” by pressure to succeed in their careers, find a meaningful romantic relationship, meet others’ expectations, and maintain a presence on social media. In all, 80% of respondents even say these worries have negatively impacted their sleep and admit that their overall mental health has suffered.

So, where is all this pressure coming from? 25% of respondents say their number one source of pressure is their parents, followed by 20% of respondents who cite social media, and 17% say their peers and friends cause them the most pressure. A lot of pressure also comes directly from within, though, with about 50% saying they routinely place an unfair amount of pressure on themselves to succeed.

Possible Preaching Angle:

It is only in Christ that anyone will find true peace of heart, satisfaction, and fulfillment (Matt. 11:28-29; John 10:10). The message “For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things” (Ps. 107:9) needs to be shared by the church with all who despair.


John Anderer, “Inferiority Complex: 8 In 10 Millennials Believe They Aren’t ‘Good Enough,’ Study Finds.Org (11-4-19)

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