The Common Understanding Of Anxiety

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As technology continues to progress and information spreads at an increasing rate, so does something called anxiety. The common understanding of anxiety in the American society is the nervousness caused by the pressure to conform to other’s expectations. This explains why anxiety rates are much higher in the United States than in many third-world countries, because Americans feel a need to be the best in every situation. As a society, the need to coexist and thrive as a common nation has faded, and has since broken into smaller subgroups by race and social class. The notion that there is a single correct way to behave and perform specific tasks is the root of all anxiety in a relatively stable society. Simply, the cause of all anxiety in…show more content…
They are forced to put on these facades because both groups deviate from the average or norm. Another pressure of society is work, specifically the amount of time available to complete tasks. In schools across the world, students are put under pressure to not only do school work in their long school days, but also when they are at home. The same goes for adults, much like students they have a full work day and then house work after they return. This effect is more prevalent in woman than men and is given the name second shift (Giddens et. All p.A9). At times, this work amounts to more than can be done in a single day, which either leads to a lack of sleep or an excess of work to do the next day. The stress caused by the amount of work that should be done and the potential of not finishing the work is the cause of anxiety. The almighty weekend is an escape from this vicious cycle, and often is not enough for both adults and students alike. The lack of socialization caused by this amount of work can also take a toll on humans, who are social by nature. Lastly, the acceptance of aspect of social life and intimate life such as sexuality is a profound source of anxiety especially in the generation known as millennials. Until recently, sexualities other than heterosexual were not widely accepted. Because it is not the norm, homosexuals were often forced into anomie, the feeling of discouragement caused by the opinions of others (Giddens et. all p.12). Durkheim’s
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