Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New York City: The Stress Capital Of The USA

From The Village Voice (See link below):

New Yorkers: Most Stressed in the Country (We Wouldn't Respect Ourselves Any Other Way)

Relaxation is overrated. Which is why this new survey that New Yorkers are the stressiest people in the nation-- with 75 percent of us citing stress about money -- is, like, well, OBVIOUS. Who are the 25 percent of New Yorkers who don't have stress about money? Can we move in with them? And what kind of New Yorker areyou if you don't say you're stressed, regardless of the question?
A bunch of complainy New Yorkers talked to a bunch of complainy news outlets about their various stresses with the economy, their jobs, the cost of rent, their health, and their personal safety. According to them, things are hard!
What is not mentioned by most of the articles coming out about this study, which you can find here, is that stress levels have actually declined for New Yorkers in the past years: "The average level of stress reported in New York City was a 6.1 on a 10-point scale in 2008, down to 5.7 in 2009 and 5.5 in 2010," according to the report. (Don't worry, guys, we're still stressed.)