- Insider worked with SurveyMonkey to reach out to 1,000 Americans across the country.
- Sixty-one percent of Americans said they were at least somewhat burned out.
- Gender, race, and caregiving situations all play a significant role.
- See more stories on Insider’s business page.
Among psychologists, burnout has been a topic of scholarly discussion for over 40 years. But only within the past year or two — and especially during the later months of the COVID-19 pandemic — has burnout hit so close to home for so many.
If you yourself don’t feel burned out, chances are you know a handful of people who show the telltale signs: a nagging sense of exhaustion, cynicism about the work they do, and an overwhelming feeling that nothing they do is ever good enough.
We wanted to find out for ourselves: How burned out are Americans — really?
The answer in a nutshell is pretty burned out, according to the roughly 1,000 respondents to Insider’s survey.
About 61% of respondents said they were at least somewhat burned out, and the pandemic has affected the lives of most Americans. Nearly 80% of respondents said COVID-19 had affected their lives in some way, be it additional childcare responsibilities, extra work hours, or caring for a sick relative.
Together, the findings tell a story of already overwhelmed Americans reaching their breaking point and the collateral damage that can occur without proper support.
Keep scrolling to check out the full set of findings from Insider’s survey.
SurveyMonkey Audience polls from a national sample balanced by census data of age and gender. Respondents are incentivized to complete surveys through charitable contributions. Generally speaking, digital polling tends to skew toward people with access to the internet.
SurveyMonkey Audience doesn’t try to weight its sample based on race or income. Recent polling data was collected from 1,093 respondents on April 30 with a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
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