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What factors contribute to the angry feeling of young people?
University of Toronto
sociologist Scott Schieman [SHE-man] has made a career of studying angry people.
He's dedicated his research to finding out what makes people explode in a rage,
or simply feel annoyance. Schieman, an American, conducted extensive surveys of
about a thousand Americans of all ages. He asked about many factors that can
contribute to feeling angry and he found three main reasons why younger people
- those in their 20s and 30s --reported being angry more often than older
respondents. He says
"The big one was being rushed for time. And this comes
out of, in a way, theory and evidence about people saying, 'Look, I feel
rushed... I feel too many demands at work, I feel too many demands in family
life,' and they don't have any hours left after all of the demands being placed
on (them). So that feeling rushed for time was the strongest predictor of
anger, and it was much more frequent among people in their 20s and 30s."
Schieman says the other two big stressors for young people were financial
strain and problems at work. He also found that people who had young children
at home tended to express anger more frequently.
Schieman says the findings make sense. As people age, he notes, they tend to
cope a little better with the pressures of life.
Schieman also found that people with more education tended to experience anger
"When well-educated individuals do experience anger, they tend to be more likely
to act pro-actively.In other words, they try to change the situation, they try
to talk it over with others. And so some of the theoretical thinking behind
that is just that education equips individuals with more cognitive flexibility,
they can think through a variety of different options, potentially control
emotions better, think through different opportunities for resolution, that
kind of thing."
One thing Schieman found respondents of all ages and education levels had in
common was the experience of being annoyed. He says everyone faces annoyances
-whether it's a traffic tie-up, a balky appliance or the rudeness of a
stranger? , and neither age nor education seemed to protect people from these