Millennials can’t catch a break.
Today’s young adults are measurably harder on themselves — and on others — than members of previous generations, according to a study published in the journal Psychological Bulletin.
Study authors Thomas Curran and Andrew Hill examined more than 40,000 American, British and Canadian college students, ages 18 to 25, and found that the majority of them showed signs of what they call “multidimensional perfectionism” — meaning perfectionism driven by unrealistically high expectations.
The researchers think these tendencies could account for the age group’s record-setting levels of mental-health issues, including anxiety, depression and eating disorders, as reported by the World Health Organization.
The study, which analyzed data for college students from the late 1980s through 2016, also found that today’s young adults feel significantly more pressure to measure up to their peers. They also tend to judge others by harsh standards.