Teens and workaholic culture


Emmy Johnson, Online Editor

High school students have become more involved with work, having a constant reminder of universities, advanced classes and homework. It’s no wonder many teens have anxiety.

While classes have become more advanced, the workload put onto students has remained static since 1984. High school students face two-plus hours of homework each night, a Stanford researcher reported that this is counterproductive resulting in stress, physical and mental health problems and a lack of balance.

According to Oxford University, “50 percent of students have found themselves anxious or stressed, while 25 percent of them say stress comes from schoolwork and spend around ⅓ of their time studying anxious and stuck.”

Workaholic culture has been described as a constant cycle, working until a breakdown happens. High school students are more prone to falling into this cycle as they are more likely to develop anxiety and depression revealed by learnpsychology.org. Eighty percent of students at college and high school have reported feeling depressed or anxious while only 13 percent of students have been diagnosed with depression or anxiety.

This small diagnosis percentage is because of the fact that students don’t have time to get diagnosed. Work can sometimes envelop someone’s life and in this case, it’s a student’s life.

Oxfordlearning.org recommends students find a schedule or method to relax, whether it’s on the weekends or the weekdays, it’ll be beneficial to a person’s mental health and if need be seeking out help as well.

Work can be encompassing so it’s best to take care of oneself versus a project, to learn more visit learnpsychology.com and get tips at princetonreview.org.