Millennials are recognized by their predecessors as the generation attached to their screens. And while this may be true and often criticized, a new study shows that there are positiveÂ outcomes from this behavior.
According to research done by ERICÂ Institute of Education Sciences, there is in fact a link between the increased self-care of Americans ages 18 to 34 and their use of the Internet. ForÂ this young population, the Internet has opened up a new line of communication surrounding the intimate topics of self-care. And whileÂ this includes exercise, eating and beauty regimes, it also touches on the stigma of mental illness.
â€œStudents are active users of the Internet and search the web for a variety of personal health needs,â€ the report states. â€œStudents reported searching the Internet to identify self-care strategies, alternative therapies, and information related to nutrition and fitness.â€
Google Trends confirms the increased search for information regarding self-care through identifying the high-level of interest in the term. ThroughoutÂ the past five years, â€œself-careâ€ is at its most searched, which is closely connected to the relevance of bloggers. As the generation that uses the Internet the most, millennials are in-tune with the many teachings of online gurus, who usually stay within the realm of lifestyle topics.
According to a 2015 study, blogs were foundÂ influential in making purchasing decisions, which reasonablyÂ crosses over to the adoption of certainÂ practices. But thereâ€™sÂ still a need to address a number of disparities related to beauty, style, and health, such as income level. â€œLow-income populations increasingly rely on e-health information but may lack the knowledge and skills to interpret and evaluate the information,â€ the Institute writes.
On the upside, discussion of mental-health as it relates to self-care, whether it leads to action or not, goes a long way toward decreasing stigma.
Time to Change reported a number of promising findings in itsÂ â€œAttitudes to Mental Illness 2014 Research Report,â€ that likely coincide with the useÂ of Internet by millennials. By observing trends regarding fear and exclusion of people with mental illness, those aged 16 to 34 are seenÂ with the most positive attitudes.