The term slacker is commonly used to refer to a person who avoids work, or (primarily in North American English) an educated person who is antimaterialistic and viewed as an underachiever.cite web |url= |title=slacker |publisher=Random House, Inc. |year=2006] [cite web |url= |title=slacker |author=Compact Oxford English Dictionary] Slackers are also known as loakes.

While use of the term "slacker" for one who shirks work dates back to about 1790 or 1898 depending on the source, it achieved a boost in popularity after its use in the films Back to the Future and Richard Linklater's " Slacker". [cite web |url= |title=Online Etymology Dictionary, slack (adj.) |publisher=Douglas Harper]

A "slacker" may also be a person who is in fact suffering from depression. The person may have suffered from psychological trauma that has resulted in their lack of motivation. For example, post traumatic stress disorder commonly causes individuals to behave as "slackers". For the depressed individual, correct identification of the reasons behind their behaviour is the first step to them seeking treatment and recovering.

ee also

*The Idler (1993)
*Generation X
*NEET: "Not currently engaged in Employment, Education or Training".
*Slacker Radio
*Post traumatic stress disorder


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