According to the Pew Research Center, Generation Z represents the generation born between 1997 and 2012, which encompasses approximately 68 million young people (ages 10-25). The latest survey finds that 42 percent of Generation Z now struggle with mental health problems, and many of these issues are treated with daily therapy and medication. These problems include anxiety disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Eighty percent deal with bouts of depression, and 90 percent deal with anxiety on a daily basis.
A majority of young people who responded to the survey (75%) report that the pandemic (lock down) era negatively impacted their mental health, bringing about severe loneliness and an overwhelming uncertainty about the future. Of the 1,000 respondents, 20% now see a therapist on a regular basis, and 39% get therapy for mental health issues once a week. A shocking 57% take some form of medication on a regular basis just to cope. This generation is two times more likely to struggle with emotional distress than the two generations that came before – Millennials and Generation X.
Many of these mental struggles are based on Gen Z’s beliefs about the future. A majority (85%) openly admit that they are worried about the future in general. They worry about things like the economy, having enough money to survive, the environment, and the increasingly divided political landscape. Nearly 90% believe that their generation won’t be successful at all in the future, and 75% believe their generation is at a disadvantage when compared to previous generations.
Much of the worry comes down to personal finances, as 90% fear that they can’t make ends meet each month. Sixty-six percent of the respondents don’t feel financially stable at all. About half of the respondents don’t feel ready to join the workforce, and most are concerned about the future of the economy. During the covid-19 scandal, governments destroyed the value of the currency, defrauding the public. This has driven up the cost of practically everything, making it nearly impossible for one to survive on the old minimum wage, let alone purchase a home.
On top of the economic uncertainty, the young generation is dealing with massive amounts of psychological abuse and spiritual oppression stemming from government and pharmaceutical propaganda and abusive mandates. An entire generation is being trained to fear the unknown, to accept germaphobia as a way of life, and to live isolated on screens. This generation has been taught that coming together to worship God is a prohibited act, but charging through streets demanding social justice is an act of virtue. This generation has been taught to stay home and stay safe, while team sports, group activities, and church assembly are shuttered. The very activities that bring people together, that promote community and achievement are replaced by a screen-driven life, dictated by algorithms and ads, where real knowledge is buried and propaganda is disseminated only to manipulate and control.
This generation is having the individuality stripped from them, as they are taught to take the role of a victim and find refuge on the ever-expanding spectrum of false gender identities and stereotypes. Young people are now expected to go along with Marxist ideals that strip them of their dignity, as they are indoctrinated to succumb to some societal cause of safety and “greater good.” But no matter what the young people are promised – free this, free that, a more inclusive society – the dictates of this Marxist state only depress them further. Not only are they being stripped of their unique individuality, but their minds are being programmed to follow group think narratives that dictate their path in life. Their struggle to build character is mired by the conveniences of the screens and the droning away of artificial dopamine rushes. Their God-given potential is being suppressed by false gods, vanity, bitterness, envy, get-rich-quick schemes, and other hollow pursuits.
The next generation will see a spiritual revival, the kind that sears sin, the kind that comes from personal change and growth, the kind that brings a renewal of faith, the kind that seeks the Savior of the soul.