You read the headline correctly. The British health care company, Aviva, released a poll that said 74% of 15-20-year-olds in the UK believed that being labelled a “snowflake” had negative impacts on their mental health. They are certainly not doing themselves any favours with respect to abolishing the label, however, they seem confident to say that being called fragile, unstable, and weak has to lead to a fragile, unstable, and weak state of mental health.
Now snowflakes are not exclusively millennials, but there does seem to be a strong concentration within the community. Where else do large swaths of people claim that speech is violence and that the expressing an idea that is different from their own can cause them to feel unsafe?
So, what can be done about this seemingly wide-spread mental health concern? I suppose exposure therapy should be the best solution. To those who fear opposing viewpoints, may they hear it all day. To those who believe that speech is violence, then talk their ear off. And above all, don’t forget the label “Snowflake”
Deputy Editor, The Unshackled
Host of the Front and Center Podcast