Last week I read an article about the growing number of burn-outs. Interesting fact about this phenomenon was the amount of burn-outs under younger adults, even teenagers. Burn-outs are common under employees, 50 years or older of age. Last year 1 out of 7 employees in the Netherlands experienced one or more symptoms of a burn-out.
The question is, what causes these burn-outs, and why do more and more younger people experience a burn-out?
This brings us to the subject of our Minor; Social Media. Psychologists state that people experience some sort of pressure to check their Social Media. They are somewhat addicted to this relatively new, and enormous, stream of information. Not only to keep up with their friends, but the need to check your e-mail for work also has a major impact on stresslevels.
The constant need to be online, for instance to skype with business relations, leads to exhaustion. Peer pressure also plays an important role as a cause for a burn-out, especially under teenagers. If teenagers, for instance, read a statusupdate on facebook about a party, and all of their friends are going to that event, they feel the need to also attend this party. If this goes on for a couple of months, in combination with their education and other obligatons, they will eventually be more vulnerable to a burn-out.
How can we stop this trend? Some companies (Volkswagen, Boston consulting Group) have already reacted to this phenomenon by introducing ‘offline days’, as a solution to the ‘non-stop work weeks’. Health organisations also give advice on how to avoid a burnout:
- Check your e-mail on fixed times during the day
- Seek help if you feel pressured to be online 24/7
- Turn your cellphone off during diner (so no Instagram photo’s)
As we’re young adults, we’re subject to these ‘social media burnouts’. So my question to you is as follows:
Do you experience pressure to be online 24/7? For work or your peer group. And how would you counteract exhaustion, caused by Social Media?