Jordan Sutherland / Edge columnist
The amount of pressing and weighty issues that the world faces is substantial and has an overwhelming affect on this generation. More and more problems are becoming a part of everyday conversation such as climate change, homelessness, and cancer awareness. There are so many problems students begin to get lost in the clutter of modern disputes.
Although students have been given several role models, most recently Greta Thunberg, anxiety and stress over the seriousness of these problems, is very common.
The solutions given however seem to fleet our minds; it is common word of mouth to talk about taking everything one step at a time. However, not every problem is solved so simply. Most problems require time to sit, talk or work on what can be done to move forward. In result, so many of us face the constant worry: “am I doing enough?”.
The problem is people believe they can take on every problem at once. For some, this approach can be effective, for most, though, it is not. The book Computers in Human Behavior by Megan A. Pollard and Mary L. Courage, gives insight into a study on multitasking. Students were asked to focus on one subject or both to gain information for an up coming test.
The results of the test noted that “Students who attended to two sources during study showed poorer retention of material from both. Students who ignored one source performed as well as [students] who studied without distraction.”
As an alternative to juggling stress, students can dedicate themselves to three causes. Since every cause is important, this solution can seem ignorant. It wasn’t hard to see after a short survey, that not everyone was going to pick the same causes to dedicate themselves to.
The larger causes collected more votes, such as climate change and Homelessness. Despite this, not everyone selected only the larger issues and several students decided to focus on causes that weren’t chosen as often, for example indigenous and LGBTQ+ rights.
However, dedication isn’t forever, and with this solution, people have the choice everyday to help a new or different cause. If a chance to help with a fundraiser or strike arises for another cause, that doesn’t mean it has to go without help. The point of this alternative isn’t to constrict students to a certain cause, but to help them deal with the stress of overwhelming issues in their everyday lives.
Everyone is different, if people divide and conquer, more can be done faster and with less stress.