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Scientists reveal teens experience steepest fall in overall happiness of any age group

How a happy kid can suddenly turn into a grumpy teen: Scientists reveal that teens experience the sharpest drop in overall happiness of any age group

  • Scientists from the University of Cambridge studied more than 91,000 Britons in research
  • The participants were between 10 and 80 years old and looked at overall happiness
  • Research found that teens have experienced the biggest drop in happiness since childhood

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Teenagers can seem quite grumpy. And now scientists have discovered one of the reasons why.

They experience the sharpest drop in overall happiness of any age group, according to a survey of more than 91,000 Britons aged 10 to 80.

“As a teenager, you worry a lot about belonging, and other people judging or rejecting you socially, and you generally feel very self-conscious,” said Dr Amy Orben, who led the study at the University of Cambridge.

“These things can affect your sense of satisfaction in life.”

Scientists Reveal That Teens Experience the Biggest Drop in Overall Happiness of All Age Groups

Scientists Reveal That Teens Experience the Biggest Drop in Overall Happiness of All Age Groups

There is a growing interest in lifelong happiness, which is often high in childhood, declines in middle age amid work and family and financial pressures, and increases again in old age.

The study used the results of a survey of households in the UK, between 2009 and 2018, in which individuals were asked how satisfied they were. Those under 16 selected an option from seven cartoon faces, ranging from smiling to sad.

The study in the journal Royal Society Open Science defined 10 to 24 as teenage years, based on the time it now takes to become fully independent.

Satisfaction decreased most in this age group compared to other ages.

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