Generation Z og stress - en specialeafhandling om den første generation digitale indfødte

Rebecca Stormly Hansen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This thesis explores the possible links between stress, modern technologies and Generation Z, those born from 1990 to 2001. The generation is also referred to as digital natives due to the fact that they are the first generation to be born into the digital age. Digital natives have grown up with the modern internet, mobile phones and social media and are therefore the first generation to only know the world as digitalised. This gives the generation some unique experiences that differentiate them from older generations, which is why the thesis is being based on a technological perspective to explore the generations high stress level. Generation Z is in several contexts referred to as the generation with the highest level of stress. Stress is often considered to be a work related issue, but will in this thesis be explored as an occurrence linked to other dynamics. It is believed that Generation Z’s high level of stress could be related to a habitual use of digital media. This assumption is based on an understanding of stress as a result of an individual having little room for mental breaks, and therefore a lack of mental resources to managing of stressors. It is thus the understanding that Generation Z tend to prioritize online activities, such as always being ‘on’, over mental breaks: The question is why? Based on theory of late modernity by critical theories, Hartmut Rosa, it is believed that Generation Z, as well as the citizens of today’s western societies, has been alienated due to a high speed of social acceleration. Rosa believes that modern life is incessantly speeding up, and therefore the people of today’s high-speed societies will more often find them selves voluntarily doing things, they don’t really want to. Based on Rosas framework it is believed that Generation Z’s high level of stress can be researched by exploring what the digital natives gain from prioritizing online activities over mental break, even when they find it to be stressful. Based on interviews with four digital natives it is the conclusion that Generation Z tends to prioritize the online world due to two needs: A competitive based need for success that makes digital natives feel like they have to keep themselves updated and a social need of always being available for social interaction. Both needs can be linked to a habitual use of digital media, since these medias have made it possible to always be ‘on’. It seems as though Generation Z’s is being burdened by the fact that they have had the opportunity to do almost anything, but not the time to do everything.

UddannelserPsykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) KandidatArbejdslivsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato22 jun. 2018
Antal sider90
VejledereBettina Christel Hjortholt


  • Generation Z
  • Stress
  • Teknologi
  • Digitale medier
  • Sociale medier
  • Hartmut Rosa
  • Social acceleration