Honors Program


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Spring 4-16-2018


Pogue, S. N. 2018. "I never expected this": Expectancy Violations and Stress in Millennials. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Copyright Sarah Pogue 2018.


Millennials are said to be the most stressed out age group in the United States (Coccia, & Darling, 2016). Between general life stressors and the new stress that has emerged due to the increase in technology and social communication, millennials are simply overloaded with stress from all angles. In order to communicate and make sense of this stress, most millennials find themselves discussing these stressful events with their close friends. In fact, according to Jody Koenig Kellas, Haley Kranstuber Horstman, Erin K. Willer, and Kirsten Car (2015), 95% of people tell stories about stressful events soon after they occur to someone they trust. The purpose of this study is to build off of previous research in order to understand the nature of stories that millennial college students are telling one another.