Leading five activities U.S. adults engaged in when stressed 2018, by generation

This statistic shows the percentage of adults in the U.S. who engaged in routine activities more often when facing a challenge or stress as of 2018, by generation. It was found that 70 percent of Gen-Zs stated they prayed in private more often when they faced a challenge or problem that made them feel stressed, anxious or sad/depressed.

Percentage of U.S. adults who engaged in routine activities more often when facing a challenge or stressful event as of 2018, by generation

Gen-Z (up to 21 years)*Millennial (22 to 37 years)Gen-X (38 to 53 years)Baby Boomer (54 to 72 years)Silent and Greatest Generation (73 years and older)
Private prayer70%60%56%49%22%
Engage in music42%----
Surf the internet37%36%-17%-
Watch TV for 2hrs+33%35%---
Recreational shopping30%----
Private meditation-51%41%43%21%
Walk for exercise-34%27%19%-
Online games for 2 hrs+--28%--
Exercise or engage in sports--26%--
Attend religious services---19%10%
Learn new things----8%
Cook meals----8%
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Sources

Release date

October 2018

Region

United States

Survey time period

May 15 to June 1, 2018

Number of respondents

2,287 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Original question: Do you engage in this activity more, less, or the same as always when facing challenges or problems in your life that you may consider to be stressful, anxiety-producing, or cause you to be sad/depressed? (among those who engage at least once per year)
Top five routine activities for each generation. Activities engaged in by fewer than 200 respondents are excluded from this list.
* Includes the leading edge of Gen-Z (age 18 to 21).

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