If you’re a millennial woman living in the Northeast, you better watch out!
Memory loss is often attributed with aging populations. However, a new poll by The Trending Machine finds that millennials (also known as Generation Y and encompassing those born between the early 80s and 00s) can be just as forgetful and even more so than seniors (those 55 and older).
Trending Machine asked 800 adults questions about if they had forgotten or misplaced certain items in the past week. The population was split into three groups: 18-34, 35-54, and 55 and up.
Their results can be seen in the following bar graph.
As you can see from the results, the millennials group had the highest percentage of forgetfulness in every category except a person’s name and a password.
The Herald Online asked a leading family and occupational therapist why millennials are so forgetful.
“Stress! Stress often leads to forgetfulness, depression, and poor judgment,” said Patricia Gutentag. “We find higher rates of ADHD diagnoses in young adults. This is a population that has grown up multitasking using technology, often compounded by lack of sleep, all of which results in high levels of forgetfulness.”
In addition to age-related trends in forgetfulness, The Trending Machine found gender-related trends and even geographic trends.
Women were more forgetful than men, with 43% forgetting or misplacing these items, as compared to 31% of men. Meanwhile, those in the Northeast region were more forgetful than those on the West coast, 51% to 39%, respectively. This is in keeping with Gutentag’s explanation of forgetfulness relating to stress, since women and people in the Northeast have been found to have higher levels of stress than their counterparts.
I guess this means we will have to stop poking fun at our parents and grandparents for their so-called “senior moments” or rename them "millennial moments."