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Tiger Beer stunt shines light on Gen Z and Millennials feeling the pressure to live up to an “impossible standard”

Hundreds freeze by Singapore’s Guoco Tower in stunt by Tiger Beer

Today, passers-by in Singapore’s Central Business District were left stunned as busy businessmen and women stopped in their tracks, frozen in time.

The “Bolder Tomorrow” stunt was conducted by Tiger Beer to mark the start of the Lunar New Year on 22 January. It acts as a powerful reminder to stop, reflect and celebrate our accomplishments over the past year as the first step towards a bolder tomorrow.

Images and video of stunt to be available at

By freezing in their tracks, the stunt highlighted what’s missing in modern society – the courage to stop endlessly chasing the next big win. It comes as new research reveals that Gen Z and Millennials (1) in Southeast Asia are putting so much pressure on themselves to achieve, they aren’t celebrating the wins of today.

Unprecedented pressures on young adults exacerbated by social media

“A Bolder Tomorrow”, the new research report from Tiger Beer, conducted by independent research agency YouGov, reveals that 90% of Gen Z and Millennial Southeast Asians admit to putting pressure on themselves, with a shocking 58% feeling pressured to live up to an “impossible standard”. The research reveals that the top pressures they are putting on themselves are:
– To be more confident (49%)
– To be more active / fitter (44%)
– To be more sociable (37%)

Surprisingly, the research revealed 57% of young adult Southeast Asians admit that they are even putting more pressure on themselves than their parents did. Social media is playing a role in the pressure to achieve, with nearly two thirds (64%) of respondents feeling their achievements aren’t significant when they compare them to those they see on social media.

Pressure to achieve stops celebration of the small wins

Sadly, the unrealistic pressures that Gen Z and Millennials are putting on themselves are stopping them from celebrating the small wins, with just one in 10 of those surveyed saying that they always celebrate the small wins. Of those who don’t always celebrate small wins, 30% say it’s because they feel that whatever they do, it’s never good enough. In fact, the majority (59%) of young Southeast Asians say they don’t feel that they’ve accomplished anything significant this year.

Young adult Southeast Asians are also shy of sharing their wins, making them more likely to feel comfortable sharing a photo of their dinner on social media (33%) than their achievements (22%).

Commenting on the stunt, Sean O’Donnell, Global Brand Director, Tiger Beer said: “Tiger Beer believes that we are all born with a Tiger inside us – a version of ourselves that knows no limits to what is possible. But sometimes it can feel like the more we achieve, the further we’re expected to go. Our research uncovered that young adults in Asia are putting an unprecedented amount of pressure on themselves and aren’t stopping to celebrate life’s small wins. So, Tiger Beer is reminding everyone to stop and celebrate the successes that got them where they are today by unveiling a stunt which sees hundreds of people freeze in their tracks in one of Southeast Asia’s busiest downtown areas. Stopping to celebrate your achievements is the first step towards achieving even bolder ambitions in 2023.”

Time to stop, reflect and celebrate wins makes people feel better

Despite the reluctance, 58% agree it’s important to celebrate life’s small wins and say they feel better when they take a moment to give recognition to their achievements (68%). And it seems there are lots of reasons to celebrate, including:
– A promotion or pay rise (52%)
– Buying a house (49%)
– Winning an award for work (40%)
– Achieving fitness goals (34%).

As we approach Lunar New Year, young adult Southeast Asians are feeling reflective (35%) and ready for a new challenge (37%). As they plan for 2023, two-fifths (41%) plan to care less about what other people think and over a third (35%) plan to acknowledge their achievements more – an important first step towards achieving their goals in 2023.

Notes to editor
A full range of media assets to be available at – including the full research report and images (from 3pm) and video of the stunt (7pm)
Follow @tigerbeer on Instagram and Facebook for more updates on the campaign.

Research methodology
The findings from this release are the result of a survey conducted by YouGov in December 2022.The sample consisted of a nationally representative sample of 3,000+ Gen Z and Millennial Singaporeans, Malaysians and Vietnamese (aged 18 – 42). Following the completion of the survey, the data was weighted by age, gender and region to reflect the latest population estimates.

(1) All research in this release refers to Southeast Asian people aged 18-42 (Gen Z and Millennials) across Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam

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