Young women put mental health above physical health
It's Mental Health Awareness Week, a good time to reveal the interesting results of new research that shows young women think mental health is more important than physical health, they are the most optimistic about the future and think happiness is more important than health or wealth.
That's according to research from insight agency Savanta, which reveals 75% of Gen Z and Millennials think it’s more important to be in good mental health than good physical health.
In contrast, only 60% of Baby Boomers (people now in their 50s, 60s and 70s) think good mental health is an important concern.
Being in good mental health is also much more of a concern to females than to males, that's 73% of women as opposed to 65% of men.
Younger generations much more optimistic for the future
The research also shows that Gen Z and Millennials are much more optimistic about the future than Gen X and Baby Boomers, and starter families are much more optimistic about the future than young singles.
Out of health, wealth and happiness, which is most important right now?
Happiness is most important to Gen Z, followed by health, with wealth bringing up the rear, and Gen Z and Millennials are more focused on happiness than both Gen X and Baby Boomers.
Interestingly, health is significantly more important to women than men.
The impact of digital
Almost half of Gen Z and Millennials and a quarter of Gen X say they're significantly more likely have a different personality when they're online than when they're offline - but only 12% of Baby Boomers would agree.
Unsurprisingly, the majority of Gen Z and Millennials feel technology causes ‘digital stress' - for example from negative interactions in emails, texts, social media, chat rooms and forums, and agree that technology discourages people from speaking to each other face to face.