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Youth Index 2019

The tenth Youth Index is a national survey that gauges young people’s happiness and confidence levels across a range of areas, from their working life to their physical and mental health.

This year’s report shows all that young people's worries about the future are affected by the online world of social media and that young people’s overall wellbeing score has flat-lined at its lowest level since the study was launched a decade ago.

With the country being firmly rooted in a time when comparison with peers online seems inescapable, nearly half of young people surveyed feel more anxious about their future when comparing themselves to others on social media. Of those that took part, faith in young people's own emotional health has dropped to its lowest level since the reports' inception.

Based on an online survey of 2,162 young people across the UK aged 16-25, this year's Youth Index scores' register the lowest levels in a decade:

  • 57% of those aged between 16 and 25, believe social media has generated a pressure that continues to swell up, causing detriment to themselves, their future and their overall quality of life.
  • 41% of young people feel more confident online than they do in person.
  • Online confidence trumping that of real-life confidence is significantly more prevalent in 16-18 year olds (at 47%) than it is in 19-25 year olds.

Read Princes Trust - Youth Index 2019