How a happy kid can suddenly turn into a grumpy teen: Scientists have found that teens experience the steepest drop in overall happiness of any age group.
- Cambridge University scientists studied over 91,000 Britons in research
- The participants were between the ages of 10 and 80 and looked at overall happiness
- The study found that teens experienced the sharpest drop in happiness since childhood.
Teenagers can seem rather gloomy. And now scientists have found one reason why.
They experience the steepest drop in overall happiness of any age group, a study of more than 91,000 Britons aged 10 to 80 shows.
“As a teenager, you are very worried about fitting in and that other people will judge you or reject you in society, and you tend to feel very self-conscious,” said Dr. Amy Orben, who led the study. Cambridge university.
“These things can affect your sense of life satisfaction.”
Scientists have found that teens experience the steepest drop in overall happiness of any age group.
There is an increase in interest in happiness in life, which is usually high in childhood, decreases in middle age due to work, family and financial difficulties, and increases again at an older age.
The study used results from a household survey in the UK between 2009 and 2018, in which people were asked how satisfied they were. Those under the age of 16 chose the option of seven cartoon faces ranging from smiling to sad.
A study in the journal Royal Society Open Science defined ages 10 to 24 as adolescence, based on the time it now takes to become fully independent.
In this age range, the sharpest drop in satisfaction was observed compared to other ages.