Mil­lenials are Con­stantly en­gaged and, in a WAY, al­ways ‘Work­ing’

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writes busi­ness jour­nal­ist Larissa Faw in Forbes.

Why? “Mil­len­ni­als are known for sev­eral things: want­ing to work for mean­ing in­stead of money, en­vi­ron­men­tal con­scious­ness and—last but not least— per­fec­tion­ism,” says Robert Biswas-di­ener, co-author of The­up­side­o­fy­our­dark Side. Ac­cord­ing to MTV’S “No Col­lar Work­ers” study, this need to find mean­ing in work leads to longer hours and much greater emo­tional in­vest­ment— which take their toll. But per­fec­tion­ism is the kicker. ‘The down­side of per­fec­tion­ism is that it’s as­so­ci­ated with bod­ily com­plaints, in­creased de­pres­sion, and in­creased burnout,” says Biswas-di­ener.

Psy­chol­o­gist Janne Dan­nerup of Jmdpsych. com says that women are of­ten dis­pro­por­tion­ately af­fected by the per­ceived need to be perfect. “Since birth, to­day’s 20-some­thing women have been bom­barded with mis­lead­ing mes­sages about what’s at­tain­able, from body shape and beauty to work suc­cess and re­la­tion­ships,” she says. “They tend to push them­selves very hard, of­ten be­yond sus­tain­able lev­els, and be­come dis­il­lu­sioned when they have only ex­haus­tion and self­de­ple­tion to show for it.”

On top of this, there’s the eco­nomic down­turn and lack of job place­ments, which mean mil­len­ni­als

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