How a happy kid can suddenly turn into a grumpy teenager: Scientists reveal teens experience biggest drop in overall happiness of any age group
- Cambridge University scientists have studied more than 91,000 Britons in research
- Participants ranged in age from 10 to 80 and looked at overall happiness
- Teenagers Suffer Biggest Drop in Happiness Since Childhood, Study Finds
Teenagers can seem rather sulky. And now scientists have discovered one of the reasons.
They are experiencing the biggest drop in overall happiness of any age group, a study of more than 91,000 Britons aged between 10 and 80 reveals.
“As a teenager, you are very worried about fitting in, and being judged or socially rejected by other people, and you usually feel very shy,” said Dr Amy Orben, who led the research from University of Cambridge.
“These things can affect your sense of satisfaction with life.”
Scientists Reveal Teenagers Experience Biggest Drop in Overall Happiness Of All Age Groups
There is a growing interest in happiness over the lifespan, which tends to be high during childhood, drop in middle age due to work, family and financial pressures, and rise again at older ages. advanced.
The study used the results of a UK household survey, between 2009 and 2018, which asked individuals how satisfied they felt. Under-16s chose an option from seven cartoon faces, ranging from smiling to sad.
The study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science defined adolescence as ages 10 to 24, based on how long it now takes to become fully independent.
This age group experienced the largest drop in satisfaction compared to other age groups.