Are we getting lazier or is life just harder?

“Why are we so tired!?” My house-mate said to me as he struggled to get up off the sofa. “What are we going to do when we’re in our 50’s and 60’s?”  He has a point. I currently attend university and therefore live in a house with my friends who are also students. Most of us sleep in late (some of us all day!), we come home from university or work and are knackered. So knackered we’d rather go to bed or sit in front of the TV than actually do any real work. What will happen when we have to have full time jobs? How will we cope?

I have been using the excuse of my age for my laziness for a long time now. Ever since there was a study suggesting teenagers suffer from a kind of “jet lag” meaning their body-clocks are out of sync which is why they struggle to get up early. However, now I’m 20, almost 21, and I still find myself sleeping in late. Most of my other house mates struggle a lot more. Is it because we’re young and don’t need to get up early? Is it our routines? Our late nights? It’s hard to tell. Most people would say that today’s younger generation is just too lazy. Our parents and grandparents supposedly didn’t complain when they were our age, although that’s probably a lie. They were often forced to go straight out to work when they were still a teenager, by themselves, whether they liked it or not.

On the other hand, it was much easier to get a job back then. You had a thing called “a job for life”! These don’t exist now as there is too many people and too little money around. Our economy is unstable and has been for a number of years now and it is unlikely to dramatically change any time soon. So young people today are being advised, maybe even forced, into expensive education to defer having to get a job. When we hit 18 there’s pressure to move out and move on. Most of us fund ourselves whilst at university and although the government effectively pays your rent and university fees, it’s not enough money. I had more than a thousand pounds worth of savings before I started uni and now that’s all gone. I don’t go out and party, buy expensive food or treat myself very often either.

So, not only are we persuaded into education we are then forced to get a job on top of doing a degree or A levels just to get enough money to scrape by. When we finish uni, many of us are forced to return home as we don’t have enough money to rent somewhere and getting a job takes an average of six months. Young people are constantly exhausted due to stress. Relationships stresses (a lot of relationships fall apart when people start university or move away), money stresses, work stresses and social stresses. The pressure to be successful these days is almost too much.