happiness in today's teens
Is the decline linked to digital media activities?
According to the World Happiness Report of 2019, happiness and life satisfaction among US adolescents suddenly declined after 2012 while the year before (from 1991-2011), it had been primarily increasing. What happened? Some say smartphones. By 2012 the majority of Americans owned smartphones and began spending more of their leisure time on digital media activities such as gaming, social media and texting, and less leisure time on other activities linked to happiness like face-to-face interactions, attending religious services, and sleeping. Experts think it could be the displacement of these other activities that is making us less happy, and not simply the addition of the digital media activities.