New Study Reveals How Today’s Youth Deals With Stress

Young people are more likely to use distracting diversions as a way to cope with stress.

Temporary distraction is fine, but you can’t avoid your problems forever.

The world is filled with a variety of distractions that can arguably be divided into “good” and “bad,” but they all serve the same purpose: To offer us a pleasurable diversion from the pressures of life. Too much distraction, however, is not a good thing. According to the latest research from, distraction is the coping strategy most often used by young people, particularly Centennials and Millennials.

Analyzing data from their Coping & Stress Management Skills Test, PsychTests’ researchers divided participants in their study into four generational groups:

1)    Centennials/Generation Z:

born after 1995, aged 21 & younger as of 2017.

2)    Millennials/Generation Y:

born between 1977 & 1995, aged 22 to 40.

3)    Generation X:

born between 1965 & 1976, aged 41 to 40.

4)    Baby Boomers:

born between 1945 & 1964, aged 53 to 71.

The researchers then examined how each group scored on 12 coping methods, six of which are considered healthy, adaptive strategies, the other six being generally unhealthy.

According to PsychTests’ study, of the 12 coping strategies assessed, the top 5 that Centennials use are:

1)    Distraction (score of 61 on a scale from 0 to 100)

2)    Positive Cognitive Restructuring (score of 60)

3)    Problem-Solving (score of 59)

4)    Negotiation (score of 59)

5)    Emotional Regulation (score of 56)

For Millennials, the most commonly used are:

1)    Problem-Solving (score of 64)

2)    Positive Cognitive Restructuring (score of 64)

3)    Negotiation…

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