Youth: We’re happy but don’t trust politicians, religious leaders Youth: We’re happy but don’t trust politicians, religious leaders
That’s the word from the young people who participated in one of the largest world studies that included 28,600 people from 30 countries* including... Youth: We’re happy but don’t trust politicians, religious leaders

That’s the word from the young people who participated in one of the largest world studies that included 28,600 people from 30 countries* including South Africa.

In turn, the youth like other age groups, are becoming more resilient by using a range of coping mechanisms such as spending time with others, watching TV, and sometimes just crying all serve to keep stress in check.

Unsurprisingly, a popular coping mechanism is the continued use of music which is seen as an escape. Humor is a relied-upon channel for achieving more in life.

Generally, most respondents say they “keep it real” and are true to the people they’re closest to. When asked who inspires the most confidence in them, the most common answer was “Mom.”

Respondents also says that they are more content with experiential content and success is more about deep connections to others and less about material things like looking good or driving a nice car.

The top 5 signs of success now are happiness, being part of a loving family, enjoying your job, finding balance in life, and being around the right people.

Respondents also says that the internet is helping people connect more with others, exposing them to new perspectives, and inspiring curiosity and community action.

Encouragingly, the youth, like other groups, are experiencing a pervasive sense of unity and agree that their age group has the potential to change the world for the better.

 

*The study which was undertaken by Viacom, international entertainment company.

 

Editor