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A survey of post-millennials – and South Korea shows its expected malaise

Another of those surveys, and guess where South Korea ends up in the rankings? As you might expect from the land of Hell Joseon, the statistics do not look great: second from bottom in terms of overall happiness.

Varkey Korea profile

Around 1,000 15-21 year-olds from each of 20 countries were surveyed between September and October 2016 as part of the London-based Varkey Foundation’s Global Citizenship Survey, published in January 2017:

Generation Z: Global Citizenship Survey – What the world’s young people think and feel is the biggest, most comprehensive up-to-date global survey of the views of Generation Z – the teenagers and young adults who were born around the turn of the millennium.

We surveyed over 20,000 young people in 20 countries around the world. The same questions were asked of members of Generation Z (those born between 1995 and 2001) in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US. This is the first time that there has been an international comparative study of the attitudes of young people on this scale.

One headline is that “South Korea is the only country surveyed in which overall young people think that is a bad place to live.” If it’s any consolation, Japanese youths are even more unhappy than Korean; and and Koreans come way higher than Brits in the “Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Score”. A one-page summary of the survey for South Korea is at the top of this post, but it’s well worth reading the whole report.

Varkey happiness chart


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