Thomas Curran and Andrew Hill’s meta-analysis of rates of perfectionism from 1989 to 2016, the first study to compare perfectionism across generations, found significant increases among more recent undergraduates in the US, UK and Canada.
In other words, the average college student last year was much more likely to have perfectionistic tendencies than a student in the 1990s or early 2000s. …The Dangerous Downsides of Perfectionism
Perfectionistic tendencies have been linked to clinical issues: depression and anxiety (even in children), self-harm, social anxiety disorder and agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, binge eating, anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, insomnia, hoarding, dyspepsia, chronic headaches, and, most damning of all, even early mortality and suicide.
Social media has likely compounded some of those problems.
SO — coaches should not encourage kids to be perfect.