New Study: Generation Z Stressed About Issues in the News But Least Likely to Vote
Religion/Culture Expert Dr. Alex McFarland Speaks to Tens of Thousands of Young People Every Year to Help Bring the Hope of Jesus
GREENSBORO, N.C.—A new study from the American Psychological Association recently found that headlines about mass shootings, immigration and sexual assault are causing significant stress among members of Generation Z—those between ages 15 and 21.
But despite these concerns, the “Stress in America™” report also found that Gen Z adults who are 18 to 21 years old are the generation least likely to vote in today’s midterm elections. In fact, just over half (54 percent) plan to head to the polls today, compared with 70 percent of adults overall.
Religion and culture expert, national radio host and author Dr. Alex McFarland speaks to tens of thousands of young people every year and says the study is evidence that young people need the peace of Christ.
“I do hear about these deep concerns from teens and young adults nearly everywhere I travel,” McFarland said. “The pressures on America’s young people are great, and they are faced with crushing amounts of media messages coming at them from every direction. This young generation, according to the survey, is also more likely than Millennials or Generation Xers to say that their mental health is poor—more than a quarter of this group. They are also getting therapy more than other generations, and we can only speculate about the reasons why. But one thing is certain—the security of the Rock of Jesus Christ is stronger and more solid than anything else on which young people can rely. I often say that no matter what goes on in the world and no matter what frightening headlines we may read in the news, the King is still on His Throne. And He knows the outcome of every situation.”
McFarland is coming off another successful Truth for a New Generation (TNG) apologetics conference last month near Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The events aim to help students, parents, youth pastors and community members to lift up this young generation, pray for them and empower them to stand strong in their faith.