Not Enough Keggers?

4 comments | March 2nd, 2012

(submitted by OOC)

According to this NYT article 39% of college women reported feeling overwhelmed versus only 18% of men.  Yup, 2x as many women.  Why?

It hasn't been all that long since some of us here at OOC were in college, and while there were certainly pressures in those years, we'd have had a hard time believing that nearly 40% our peers were feeling 'overwhelmed.'  What gives?  Is it really the economy hating on our happy?  Or is it bigger than that?  Let's #discuss.


  • Lisa

    Posted on January 28, 2011

    This could just have to do with the fact that women are more open to discussing their feelings, no?

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  • OOC

    Posted on January 29, 2011

    As a generalization, you’re right for sure, Lisa. But in a research survey like this, that may not be all of what accounts for the 2x difference. Here at OOC, we think the research is reflective of the reality that it’s harder being a woman than a man, a girl than a boy – at pretty much any age.

    Thanks for jumping into the converstion,

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  • Pearl

    Posted on March 2, 2012

    Here’s a quick grocery list of things we think about grades, debt, jobs, family, boyfriends, friends, where we’re going to live, how we’re going to live, what we’re going to do, how many jobs we have to work now, if that guy really likes us. what to wear, how to get it all done. You’d be stressed too.

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  • Erika

    Posted on March 2, 2012

    I feel that college women are more likely to be stressed because of the pressure of body image. Many girls wear make-up on a regular basis and wear more detailed outfits, including a variety of accessories. These things take extra time out of the day so that girls have less time to do other things.

    I also feel like the stereotype of increased emotional sensitivity in females also contributes. Women are typically more likely to go out shopping to talk about what’s going on in their lives; another activity that cuts time out of our days.

    Some may say that guys have to maintain an athletic body image and can be sensitive too, but I think that body image for males isn’t as important. It seems as though a refined image is mandatory for women and only optional for men.

    What do you think?

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