What is it like to be a young person today? Well a new survey has offered some insights and not all of it is pleasant reading. The study has found that as much as one in four 20-year-olds is suffering high levels of stress and potential symptoms of depression – with young women being the worst affected. ‘Growing Up in Ireland’ a survey of over five thousand 20-year-olds shows that access to housing is one of the most concerning issues to the group. Most 20-year-olds were still living at home and were financially dependent on their parents, especially for basic living expenses. And, many listed financial and employment security as their main aspiration in the next 10 years.
What do you think? One in four 20-year-olds suffering high levels of stress – do you find that hard to believe? What is it like to be 20 today? What are you worried about? What is stressing you out? What is getting you down? Is housing a major issue for you? Does it look like you will be stuck at home with your parents or guardians? Does the idea of steady employment in your future still seem far off? Well our listeners gave us their thoughts on the issue.