April 13, 2024

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Led by its youth, the United States sinks in the World Happiness Report

Led by its youth, the United States sinks in the World Happiness Report

“The literature is clear in practical terms — the impact it has on socialization, pro-social behavior, if you will, and people’s ability to feel connected and have a community,” Dr. Norris said of the pandemic. “Many things that would normally happen to people, especially young people in high school, did not happen,” he added. “This is still happening.”

Jade Song, A 27-year-old novelistShe counted herself among those who had become increasingly unhappy in recent years.

“It's mostly because, as an adult, you suddenly become aware of all the world news, and you pay more attention to what you can control, and you realize that there is very little you can control,” Ms. Song, who was not part of the group, said. study, he said in an interview. “Even if you're going to participate in protests or pay your rent and bills on time, it's very difficult, especially now, to break free from the way you're living your life when you realize how little your actions actually have an impact on a broader level.”

In 2022, a study conducted by Harvard University showed this Well-being Among young people in the United States has declined in the past 20 years. Young people – between the ages of 18 and 25 – Reported lowest levels of happiness Compared to other age groups, as well as poorer mental and physical health, sense of purpose, character, virtue, close social relationships, and financial stability. Similar results have emerged In Britain And Canada.

“One factor that we all think about is social media,” said Dr. Robert Waldinger, director of the Study of Adult Development at Harvard University. “Because there is some research that shows that depending on how we use social media, it reduces well-being, it increases rates of depression and anxiety, especially among young girls, women and teenage girls.”

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