When you look at MMPI questions over time, as a team led by Twenge did in a 2009 paper in Clinical Psychology Review (PDF), there’s a clear increase in symptoms associated with depression and anxiety. In these graphs, for example, each dot represents a study conducted using theMMPI:
The trendlines are obvious: Asked the same questions at about the same points in their lives, Americans are, over time, experiencing worse and worse symptoms associated with anxiety and depression.
The Millennials are a scary bunch especially when they start to have their own children and realize how difficult and different it will be to raise them as you wish as human beings free and carefree. Those were dreams of the past?
Their attention span was drastically declining with each tweet and post and poke and text and chat and tag.
We should have picked up on the warning signs, but it was easier to ignore reality and continue running on the hampster wheel called modern western civilization and demoncracy because our security and salvation lay there, right?