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The author of this post is Harleen Singh Sandha (a second-year student of Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab).

It was yet another stressful day of my college life which led me to ruminate on a ponderous issue which plagues our society nowadays. Looking at the picture of my young cousin I started reminiscing about how my cousin is so adept at using gadgets and electronics while adults still struggle with the simple task of uploading a picture on Facebook? Is it probably the kind of environment they are brought up in or is it simply a matter of proficiency today’s infants are born with? I would definitely like to agree with the former argument. The environment in which today’s youth is brought up in shapes them in a multitude of ways. Now whether this environment turns out to be a boon or a bane for them is a million dollar question. Whatever be the consequences of this, one thing is sure that this is the youth that is going to shape the future of this country and therefore special care must be taken in regard to the environment that surrounds them during their formative years.


UN defines youth as that category of a population which falls between the ages of 18-24 years and is colloquially called ‘today’s generation’ or the ‘youthful generation’. The youth is considered to be the most productive, efficient & active class of people in the whole population. It is for them that the government invests huge sums of money and frames various policies for their effective training so that in return they can contribute in making this nation a better place. However, there are various issues that harm this utter productivity of today’s youth. No, it is not the poor education or poor infrastructure or even poverty for that matter, however, these may also be one of the potential causes, though already addressed in some form or the other. There is one issue however which still needs to be redressed in the most urgent form when it comes to utilising this youthful potential.

The idea of stress, though as simplistic as it sounds has a plethora of causes attached to it which harm the capabilities, strength and confidence of today’s generation to the widest extent possible. The incidence of stress is now shifting to the early ages which can have fatal consequences and carries the ability to inhibit a person’s growth in all walks of life. Today’s youth has subjected a kind of environment that leads to a great deal of stress being carried off by them. This not only harms their future productivity but also comes in way of the very crucial years’ of their life essentially their young age. This stress is shaped and procreated from the very beginning of their teenage years and reflects itself during young adulthood.


The chronic stress that is faced by young adults springs from the everyday stressful events endured by them essentially during their teenage years. This can be due to the cut throat and negative completion that the students are subjected to during their school and college years thanks to the present education system. One of the very potential causes of chronic stress can be the inability of today’s youth to practice catharsis simply because our society doesn’t allow for unrestrained expression of emotions. And as beautifully put by Sigmund Freud, “Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.” Stress can also be borne out of the peer pressure faced by today’s youth that ultimately stabs their confidence, leads them towards making wrong decisions in life and finally gives birth to stress and depression.
Such level of stress endured at an early age makes a hefty impact on one’s life as an adult. The lifestyle of today’s young earning population which faces long working corporate hours from Monday to Friday and party culture on the weekends leaves them with no time to introspect their lives. Such a lifestyle is met with dire consequences and repercussions which affect their productivity and starts taking a toll on their minds.


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