Life is apparently becoming increasingly difficult for young Germans: 74 percent of 14- to 34-year-olds say their lives have become more stressful in the past year. 68 percent feel regularly stressed – and the trend has been rising for years. These are the results of the representative study "Future Health 2016" by Schwenninger Krankenkasse and the foundation "The Healthy Workers". More than 1.000 teenagers and young adults in Germany between the ages of 14 and 34 were surveyed for the study.
"It is worrying to observe how teenagers and young people who are still at the beginning of their working lives complain more and more about stress year after year," says Dr. Tanja Katrin Hantke, Health Expert at Schwenninger.
The triggers for stress can also be found in private life in particular: 53 percent of respondents feel they have to be constantly available for friends and family via digital media – significantly more than for their employer (29 percent). "Continuous communication leads to massive stress. If we make ourselves aware of this, we can escape the constant accessibility to a certain extent. Young people in particular should learn to put away their smartphones for a few hours and take conscious communication breaks," says the Schwenninger expert. 18- to 34-year-olds are often unable to do this at all; they have grown up with cell phones and must first learn to find the right balance and better manage their communication activities.
Parents and schools are called upon to teach a healthy use of digital media. But employers should also teach their employees relaxation techniques, for example in the course of workplace health promotion. Young people must learn to create time and space for relaxation.
This is especially true for women, who complain much more about a stressful life and stress than men. Accordingly, 81 percent would like to have more time to specifically relax. For men, this figure is still very high at 72 percent, but is significantly lower.
"Mobile phone users are exposed to the constant temptation to give in to the next WhatsApp ring, to satisfy Facebook curiosity, and to keep their finger on the pulse of social media," say the founders of mySOOFA. Under the programmatic name mySOOFA, an app is being launched these days that literally silences all the apps vying for constant attention.
mySOOFA stands for SOcial Online FAsten and is an innovation for less cyber stress and more security in times of the hip Digital Detox. It offers users the ability to easily disconnect from the hottest social networks with just one click. Independent of time and place and without affecting the telephone and SMS function, all data is stored in the background and can be retrieved immediately after deactivation.
According to statistics, in German-language social networks alone, 15 million users have already taken a conscious "digital time-out" for an average of 30 days. Yet it's not that simple. If you've ever tried to turn off your social media notifications but at the same time still get in touch by phone or. SMS to stay reachable knows the problem that mySOOFA now solves so elegantly: one tap, and the phone is in SOOFA mode. Whether for a few hours, or a few weeks – the user decides when the time is right for the next social media update.