How a Happy Child Can Suddenly Become a Grumpy Teenager: Scientists show that teenagers experience the largest decline in overall happiness of any age group
- Scientists from the University of Cambridge have studied more than 91,000 Britons in research
- Participants ranged in age from 10 to 80 and looked at overall happiness
- One study found that teenagers experienced the sharpest drop in happiness from childhood
Teenagers can seem pretty grumpy. And now scientists have discovered one of the reasons why.
They are experiencing the sharpest decline in overall happiness of any age group, according to a study of more than 91,000 Britons aged 10 to 80.
“As a teenager, you worry a lot about fitting in, and other people judge you or reject you socially, and you generally feel very self-conscious,” said Dr. Amy Orben, who led the research from the University of Cambridge.
“These things can affect your sense of satisfaction in life.”
Scientists show that teenagers experience the steepest decline in overall happiness of any age group
There is a growing interest in happiness, which tends to be high in childhood, declines in middle age due to work, family and financial pressures, and rises again in old age.
The study used results from a UK household survey conducted between 2009 and 2018, which asked individuals how satisfied they felt. The under 16s chose one of seven cartoon faces, ranging from smiling to sad.
The study, published in the Royal Society Open Science journal, defines teenage years as 10 to 24, based on the time it takes today to become fully independent.
This age group experienced the largest decline in satisfaction compared to other age groups.