The words teenagers hated hearing the most are, “What is there in your life right now that can possibly give you stress?” according to a poll.
School uniform maker Smart polled 8,748 schoolkids across the nation, and 67 percent said they experience a lot of stress in their lives, and 11 percent tremendous stress. Only 4.6 percent said they are not stressed.
Some 36 percent of those who experience stress said they hate hearing other people ask what kinds of stress they could possibly be under in their adolescent lives.
The second least favorite comment cited by 24 percent was, “The stress you’re experiencing is nothing compared to what others suffer”, followed by “You’re not the only one getting stressed out” (22 percent), “You’re too young to be stressed ” (11 percent), and “You’re stressed because your mind is weak” (seven percent).
Lee Shin-dong, a professor of education at Soonchunhyang University said, “Rather than saying things that hurt their pride, it is better to console them by telling them what a tough time they must be having”.
Around half of the respondents said the most stress comes from their studies. Next were friends (15 percent) and family (11 percent).
Asked what changes they hope for to reduce stress, around 42 percent said not to be compared with other people all the time.