POLL: Millennial 'snowflakes' fear for their 'mental health'

Anthony Gockowski
Contributing Editor/Investigative Reporter

  • A recent survey found that 74 percent of British millennials are wary of being called "snowflakes," fearing that the term “could have a negative effect on people’s mental health.”
  • Surveys of American millennials, similarly, have found widespread support for the censorship of "hate speech" and the creation of "safe spaces" to shelter students from uncomfortable ideas.
  • A new survey shows that millennials now find the term “snowflake” commonly applied to their age group as harmful to their “mental health.”

    The study, conducted by the United Kingdom insurance company Aviva, found that 74 percent of people in the age bracket of 16-24 think the term “could have a negative effect on people’s mental health.”

    "Our findings suggest that young adults are more likely to be experiencing mental health problems, so using a phrase which criticizes this age group could add to this issue."   

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    Similarly, 72 percent of respondents believe the term is unfairly applied to their age group, based off of a survey of 2,022 UK residents.

    “Our findings suggest that young adults are more likely to be experiencing mental health problems, so using a phrase which criticizes this age group could add to this issue,” explained Doug Wright, medical director of Aviva. “Any term used disparagingly to a segment of the population is inherently negative.”

    Other studies, meanwhile, have revealed a similar aversion to discomfort among American millennials, including a recent Brookings Institution survey, which found that one-in-five undergraduates in the United States approve of the use of violence to shut down controversial speakers, while a 51 percent majority supports the use of the so-called “heckler’s veto” to shout down speakers.

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    A 2016 Gallup poll produced similar results, showing that about 20 percent of millennials want their universities to prohibit “hate speech,” with 69 percent agreeing that schools should have the power to limit students’ use of offensive slurs.

    Additionally, a May LendEDU survey asked 1,659 American college students whether they “agree with colleges establishing safe spaces,” determining that 36 percent of respondents believe they are “absolutely necessary.”

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    Anthony Gockowski

    Anthony Gockowski

    Contributing Editor/Investigative Reporter

    Anthony Gockowski is the Contributing Editor and an Investigative Reporter for Campus Reform. He previously worked for The Daily Caller, Intercollegiate Review, The Catholic Spirit, and The College Fix.

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