How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation

by Anne Helen Petersen. BuzzFeed News, January 5, 2019.


This widely-circulated Buzzfeed article describes burnout and the ever-present need to optimize life as the water in which millennials swim. Touching on several important social forces, it explains cultural challenges that must be reckoned with to support future generations.


a balance of research and interviews, links to additional information

Recommended Audience

anyone interested in the cultural mindset and challenges facing young adults



Practical Applications

  • Read as a group and discuss in order to better understand and serve younger congregational members.
  • Good resource for parents or older adults struggling to identify with millennials.

About the Contributor

Matt Burke

Matt Burke is the director of the Northeast Center for Congregations in Fort Wayne and serves as the Center’s Education Director statewide. Matt has a background in classroom, digital and experiential education and most recently served as the associate director of Learning Science at Kaplan Test Prep. He is passionate about using education to develop deeper faith in congregational participants.

Matt earned a B.A. in Religion from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kelly, and his two sons, Silas and Levi. Matt also loves storytelling in films, books and music and finding the intersections of faith and popular culture.

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