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Don't call us snowflakes - it damages our mental health, say young people

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Being called a "snowflake" is damaging to mental health, young people say.  Figures show that the majority of young people think the term is unfair - and even more think it could have a negative effect of its own. 

The "snowflake generation" is a disparaging term now commonly used to refer to young people, who are perceived to be over-sensitive and intolerant of disagreement.

But research by insurance firm Aviva found that 72 per cent of 16-24 year-olds think the term is unfairly applied, while 74 per cent think it could have a negative effect on young people's mental health. 

The figures also show that young people are more likely to have experienced stress, anxiety and depression in the last year. 

Almost half of adults between 16 and 24 said they had experienced stress or anxiety, compared to just over a third of all UK adults.

Young adults were also more likely to be uncomfortable talking about a mental health problem, with one in three saying this compared to 27 per cent of all adults. 

13 per cent also said they were experiencing a problem but had not sought help, compared to seven per cent of all adults. 

The firm's medical expert, Dr Doug Wright, said the term could cause problems. “Our findings suggest that young adults are more likely to be experiencing mental health problems, so using a phrase which criticises this age group could add to this issue. 

"Any term used disparagingly to a segment of the population is inherently negative.

Brad Pitt in Fight Club, which is where the term is thought to have originated
Brad Pitt in Fight Club, which is where the term is thought to have originated CREDIT: 20TH CENTURY FOX

“While young adults in particular appear to take offence to the ‘snowflake’ label, the majority of adults agree that the term is unfair and unhelpful, so it’s important that people consider how such labels are used, and the cumulative effect they could have on their recipients," he said. 

The phrase, which originated in America, has particularly come to refer to universities and students who use "trigger warnings" to alert readers or listeners to potentially distressing material, and "safe spaces", which are meant to be free of certain opinions or ideas. 

It is also used to imply that young people are less resilient than older generations and quicker to take offence. 

It is thought to originate with US author Chuck Palahniuk's 1996 book Fight Club, which contains the line "You are not special. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake". 

In an interview earlier this year he took credit for the term, adding: "My friends who teach in high school tell me that their students are very easily offended."

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by on Dec. 7, 2017 at 6:57 PM
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pvtjokerus
by Ruby Member on Dec. 7, 2017 at 11:32 PM

Oh come on now......Now you are making too much sense!

Quoting billsfan1104: Just like when you and other liberals scream “racist”, “ignorant”, “gun lovers” etc etc. really annoying
Quoting GrayDuck41: It is a fad and a sign of a lazy mind to keep using the same dumb insults such as “ “snowflake “. Really annoying z


EireLass
by Ruby Member on Dec. 8, 2017 at 9:50 AM
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Well, there's this: Act like the person you want to be called.

VooDooB
by on Dec. 8, 2017 at 10:21 AM

That's ironic. These "snowlfakes" routinely call Republicans and anyone else who doesn't agree with them bigots, racists, and fascists, And "snowflake" hurts your feelers? Poor babies. Maybe considering changing your tone if you don't like it directed back at you.

VooDooB
by on Dec. 8, 2017 at 10:23 AM
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I could say the same of you constantly calling people "Trumpettes".

Quoting GrayDuck41: It is a fad and a sign of a lazy mind to keep using the same dumb insults such as “ “snowflake “. Really annoying z


KitschyMeow
by Bronze Member on Dec. 8, 2017 at 12:00 PM
I could them weak, whiny asses.....which is how I view the easily offended, hurt generation.
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