Anxiety appears to be the default setting for the vast majority of people in the 21st century. The constant pressure to set yourself goals of worth or to make sure that you are living a worthy life, albeit on social media, is bound to cause a feeling of anxiety or pressure. More things cause anxiety now than 20 years ago, so what are the consistent issues we face now?
This is probably the biggest cause of anxiety and confusion. Because of a delicate political climate, the amount of people who are facing deportation or have problems with regards to immigration or seeking asylum can give us all something to think about when it comes to our homeland. If we see people being treated like second-class citizens or aliens, what kind of a world will we be living in 10 years or 20 years in the future? Identity is such a major part of our societal fabric, but that sense of identifying with fellow men, women, or transgender people, are giving way to a more compartmentalized version of society. As a result, we are forced now, more than ever, to pick sides. As a result, it leaves us struggling with a sense of who we really are.
The Mental Health Paradox
The conflicts we feel now aren’t between people, but rather in ourselves. We are fighting an eternal battle to stay sane, while we hear on the news about depression being more commonplace in children under the age of 10, and for those that have children, the worry is very visceral. Will our children go the same way? If we feel the pressure and struggle to cope, we need to make sure that we have the tools at our disposal to cope effectively. While the topic of mental health is widely discussed now, there are still some who feel embarrassed or ashamed to say that they are suffering from a mental health problem. It’s a battle that rages on.
Was ignorance actually bliss? It seems that it was to an extent. Now we have so much information at our fingertips, that we can run the risk of our brains feeling almost full to capacity. Yes, this does sound a bit grandiose. But the idea of being full to the brim with other people’s anxieties that are being posted on social media can leave us feeling very concerned. The other side of the coin when it comes to information at our fingertips is that we don’t use our brain enough to do some effective learning. The most obvious example now is that in schools calculators and phones are being used to work out very simple mathematical sums. So, is this a signpost of the way society is heading? We should use our brains as much as possible, but because of the signs of the times, we are definitely resting on our laurels and leaning on technology so much more.
Anxieties are nothing new, but these three are the top of the pile when it comes to modern concerns in the modern world.