TOO BUSY: Youth project officer Jade Frieser says she struggles to find a balance in her life.
TOO BUSY: Youth project officer Jade Frieser says she struggles to find a balance in her life. Che Chapman

Hey, we're not lazy: Gen Y says they're too busy to be slack

FAR from the lazy slackers they are often portrayed as, a new study has shown Gen Y consider themselves busy and stressed.

The Future Leaders paper showed 71% of regional Queenslanders aged between 18 and 29 consider themselves busy - with young parents and students topping the list.

The research found regional Queensland youth were busier than their metropolitan counterparts - but slightly fewer considered themselves stressed.

In Brisbane 64% of the age group considered themselves busy, and in regional Queensland 71% believed they were busy. But just 46% of regional youth said they were stressed, compared to 51% of Brisbane youth.

Support group Sustainable Partnerships youth engagement project officer Jade Frieser, 25, said she had struggled to balance her work commitments with her passion for the local music scene.

She said, as someone who works with youth, she had found that struggle was common among Sunshine Coast youth.

"They're still trying to explore who they are and what they want," she said.

"I personally am a musician and I'm passionate about music, so that means going out and seeing a lot of live music. Juggling that with work and extra-curricular responsibilities doesn't leave much time for other things."

She said seeing other people's lives on social media could be stressful for some young people.

"You see all these things your friends are doing and think: 'I couldn't do that'. Which in itself can be stressful for people - that fear of missing out."

The study found 62% of regional Queenslanders enjoyed being stressed - a statistic Co-op chief Peter Knock said could lead to long-term health concerns.

"The 2015 Future Leaders Index tells us that majority of 18-29 year olds are in fact stressing themselves out over work and study and putting their health at risk in the process," he said.

"Things like the health and happiness of individuals, business and industry productivity, healthcare policy and budgets could all be affected by the super-stressed young people in years to come."


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