Millennials 'feel they are not good enough' in all areas of their lives

Rob Waugh
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Young people feel pressure from social media (Getty)

Millennials are often blamed for everything from the decline of the housing market to the closure of pubs and nightlife venues.

But it turns out it’s not just bitter older people - millennials have pretty negative ideas about themselves, too.

In fact, eight out of 10 millennials believe they are ‘not good enough’ in their lives and three-quarters admit to feeling ‘overwhelmed’.

In the survey of 2,000 young adults, 80% said worries had negatively affected their sleep and 79% admitted their mental health had suffered.

The research found that millennials were stressed about issues from being able to afford a home to hitting 10,000 steps a day, to their social media profiles.


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David Jiscoot, from Alpro, which commissioned the research to launch its ‘Good For You’ campaign, said: “It’s clear to see from our research that millennials are feeling huge pressures to ‘be their best selves’.

“Alpro want to reassure those feeling overwhelmed that in real life, good is good enough and it’s the small, positive changes that are what can make a huge difference.”

Previous research suggested that young people struggled with the idea of thinking of themselves as adults.

Previous generations thought of themselves as adults by the time they were 22 or 23 - but for millennials, that moment comes much, much later.

Many millennials don’t consider themselves adults until 30 - and some don’t think they are grown up until the age of 40.

Many youngsters have delayed moving out of their parents’ home, and put off getting jobs - driven in part by the global economic downturn.