It is typical to set a certain boundary between generations with comments like “Back in my time …” Sure, every time has its character, in the way of growing up and the lifestyle. Part of these habits and conditions makes us what we are, both physically and mentally. When it comes to millennials, new and future generations, their lives have been greatly enhanced, advanced by new technologies and modern achievements. Nevertheless, the new millennium has brought us many benefits, but some new concerns. Several studies have shown that millennials are much more exposed to specific physical and mental illnesses than the older generation and that it is more likely to be less resistant to many health problems than their parents.
Again, this does not mean that millennials are indisputably suffering from a list of unwanted diseases while their parents are immune to the same, but that growing up in specific circumstances and constant exposures to some factors that did not exist in the 80s or 90s can lead to these health difficulties. These factors are different, from GMO foods, antibiotics, instant foods; also permanent exposure to blue light, but also a constant flow of information, different moral systems, degradation of the family as an institution, stress, fear or trauma. All these circumstances will be reflected in the future for new generations and the emergence of new medical concepts in millennials. Simply, consciousness, prevention, and medicine can do a great deal to alleviate these causes and work successfully on their suppression.
What are the potential health risks for millennials?
This nasty disease has been on the rise for years, unfortunately. Due to ecological and climatic changes, chemical poisoning and disorders, human skin is in the first fight lines. However, even if the number of patients is continually increasing, statistics say that millennials are more aware of the cause than their parents, as well as the fact that discovery at an early stage of the disease is improved by as much as 99%. Higher awareness, conscientious treatment of body and prevention can significantly enhance the image of skin cancer survivability.
Light sensitivity and digital eye strain
If you belong to the older generations, remember that you were constantly reminded not to sit too close to the TV as, a child. During aging, the lenses in our eyes become yellow, which prevents the entry of blue light. In children, the lenses are considerably whitish and clean, and blue light can quite disturb our vision. Millennials are on average, via smartphones and other devices, exposed to this light up to 9 hours a day. Eyes become sensitive and vision weaker. Also, almost 70% of millennials have problems with the digital eye strain, which manifests in the form of a headache, hypersensitivity to light or back eye pain.
Can headphones damage hearing?
Between the older generation and the millennials, this debate will continue to be held. Are the devices that we use are harmful to our health? You almost cannot spot a young person on a street that has no headphones. Even the devices themselves, when plugging in audio applications, warn that the sound volume may cause hearing issues. It is therefore advisable to carefully handle these, not so harmless devices, and contact the doctor if you notice your health has been disrupted in any way.
Pain in the neck and a problem with a spine
Modern education and jobs also involve a ridiculous number of hours spent in front screens, sitting in an irregular position. This leads to many health problems, poor body development, and even chronic pain in the neck and back area. It is necessary to introduce sport and exercise into your everyday life so that the consequences of these millennials habits could be minimized.
Unfortunately, children born after the year 2000 have come to the brink of many world transformations and social changes. For the sake of the years in which their grandparents and parents grew up, the millennials face great fears, tragedies and low moral values that create an atmosphere in which it is not easy to swim. That’s why it’s no wonder they’re called an “anxious generation,” since anxiety and depression are threatened to become an epidemic among young people around the globe.
However, the bright spot is that millennials, unlike the elderly, are not afraid to talk about their problems, but much louder and more often seek help to solve them.
It is possible that single parents spoiled them so that they could not survive a day without the internet and that hard work is an entirely unknown thing for them, we can still look at things from the other side. And if they are threatened with some new diseases, physical and mental predicaments, millennials are handling things very well so far. Moreover, maybe these conditions will encourage those kids and make them stronger than their parents.