Don’t call us snowflakes – it damages our mental health, say young people


I’m not a big fan of the term. But I do love that it entered the lexicon via one of the great movies of the 1990s, Fight Club. I prefer “hot house flowers,” or “special little orchids.” But “snowflakes” does kind of roll off the tongue. Or melt. Or whatever.

(From The Telegraph)

Being called a “snowflake” is damaging to mental health, young people say.  Figures show that the majority of young people think the term is unfair – and even more think it could have a negative effect of its own.

The “snowflake generation” is a disparaging term now commonly used to refer to young people, who are perceived to be over-sensitive and intolerant of disagreement.

But research by insurance firm Aviva found that 72 per cent of 16-24 year-olds think the term is unfairly applied, while 74 per cent think it could have a negative effect on young people’s mental health.

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