Don't call us snowflakes! - Young people upset at being called snowflakes

Don’t Call Us Snowflakes!

Many people may be dreaming of a white Christmas but, far from jolly, festive fun, the mention of snowflakes for the younger generation is synonymous with bullying and injustice.

Some young people have gone so far as to say that being labelled a ‘snowflake’ is damaging to mental health, to the extent that it causes stress, anxiety and depression. While dissenters could claim this is just something a snowflake might say, others say it’s a symptom of a deep malcontent.

(Related: Jim Carrey Opens Up About His Depression)

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Let it snow

The so-called "snowflake generation" are 16-24 year olds who are seen as oversensitive and fearful of conflict and disagreement of the type most often seen in heated Twitter spats. As an insult, it is most often (though not exclusively) thrown from those on the right to those on the left, and has been ‘popularised’ by KKK enthusiast Steve Bannon, man-child Milo Yiannopoulos, car person Jeremy Clarkson and not sure what she is Katie Hopkins.

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The term is thought to have been first uttered by Tyler Durden in the 1996 book (and 1999 film) Fight Club, who says, "You are not special. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake."

It was the defining insult of 2019 and made it into theCollins English Dictionary.

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Melt your heart

As is often the case, however, the flippant online world can mask a darker truth. A study by insurance firmAvivafound that 72% of 16-24-year-olds think the term is unfairly applied, they also found it may have a negative effect on young people’s mental health.

The research also showed that the same group were more likely to have suffered stress, anxiety and depression in the last 12 months – just over 50% compared to around 35% of the older population. According toThe Telegraph, the figures show that young people are less resilient than older generations and quicker to take offence.

(Related: How Lawrence Dallaglio is tackling mental health)

Give them a break

“Our findings suggest that young adults are more likely to be experiencing mental health problems, so using a phrase which criticises this age group could add to this issue,” said Aviva’s medical expert Dr Doug Wright. “While young adults in particular appear to take offence to the ‘snowflake’ label, the majority of older adults agree that the term is unfair and unhelpful, so it’s important that people consider how such labels are used, and the cumulative effect they could have on their recipients," he said.

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