Secret Santa exchanges cause anxiety for millennials

Secret Santa gift exchanges give millennials anxiety, a new study has revealed.

Secret Santa exchanges cause anxiety for millennials

'Secret Santa' gift exchanges give millennials anxiety, according to a new study.

The study, commissioned by Jobsite, revealed that the annual ritual makes millennials concerned that they will be seen as stingy, while 26% of young workers dip into their savings to contribute to the present exchange.

Dr Ashley Weinberg, a psychology lecturer at the University of Salford, said he can understand why young people feel nervous about 'Secret Santa's' and suggests officer should prioritise well-being over presents.

He said: "If you've grown up in a world where social media is at your fingertips and those kinds of social judgements are being made fairly constantly, suddenly you're even more aware of what others might be thinking.

"Naturally that's going to spill over into all kinds of areas, particularly something that can be a social taboo when you think about giving or maybe not giving, or maybe questioning why people are giving.

"I think there can be a bit of that and naturally it does lead to anxiety for a lot of people."

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