Mar 22, 2024 - Health

Charted: The kids are not alright

Data: National Survey on Drug Use and Health; Note: Data from 2012 not available; Chart: Axios Visuals

A huge happiness gap is opening between American adults and teens.

The big picture: Depression has hit teens much harder than adults in the smartphone era (charted above), according to National Survey on Drug Use and Health data.

Zoom in: The massive gap is clear in the most recent World Happiness Report.

By the numbers: In the oldest age group, America was the world's 10th happiest country.

  • Among the young, America fell to 62nd place.

Between the lines: Young people in North America are now less likely to say they're happy than older populations.

  • That's a massive reversal from most regions, where younger people tend to be happier.

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