Young people feeling the pressure to keep up on social media

15 April 2019, 07:09


One in four young people admits to struggling to respond to calls, texts and social media notifications, a survey has found.

A quarter of 18-24-year-olds said they found the pressure difficult to manage, compared to just 10% of those aged over 55, according to Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) research.

Across all age groups, money issues were reported as a key stress factor by one in five respondents, rising to one in three among those aged 25-34.

A third of adults in this age bracket said they found it hard to make time for their friends, while more than a quarter (29%) said they found it hard to book and manage dentist and doctor appointments.

The figure rose to 31% among 18-24-year-olds.

More than 1,000 adults were questioned in the online research carried out with YouGov.

RBS said it will be running a series of events with First Glasgow and Lothian Buses in the coming weeks that aim to reduce the pressures of daily life.

Louise Smith, head of intelligent automation at the bank, said: "Our research shows that there are many sources of daily pressure which are impacting on Scots.

"Causes of pressure can often go unnoticed and it can be easy to dismiss certain challenges as trivial.

"However, we must take time to acknowledge that while the rise of technology allows us to innovate and bring greater ease to our lives in certain areas, it can also come with some negatives such as rising expectations of being available to everyone, at all times."