A turning point: Young people see the end of the years of prosperity / Confidence is dwindling due to the heavy burden on the psyche and finances

Simon Schnetzer / Study Young Germans

A turning point: Young people see the end of the years of prosperity / Confidence is dwindling due to the heavy burden on the psyche and finances

Kempten / Berlin (ots)

The young generation in Germany is suffering from the burden of various crises. The restrictions due to the corona pandemic are leaving dramatic long-term traces in the psyche of young people. At the same time, the view of the future darkens under the impression of the climate crisis, war and inflation to an uncomfortable certainty that the years of prosperity in Germany are over.

This is shown by the current youth trend study in Germany, conducted by Simon Schnetzer and Prof. Dr. Klaus Hurrelmann is presented for the fifth time in half-year intervals. In the Datajockey Youth Barometer, 25% of the 14 to 29 year olds surveyed stated that with their mental health to be dissatisfied. At 16% makes itself helplessness wide, 10% even report of suicidal thoughts. These values ​​have increased since the last trend study in May 2022. “In an alarmingly large minority, the mental worries have solidified and intensified, so that urgent support is needed. It cannot be overlooked: many young people’s psychological defenses have been exhausted and the risk factors are increasing. We rate this as urgent warning signal,” say study authors Simon Schnetzer and Klaus Hurrelmann.

The study also reflects the fears of the younger generation that in Germany the end of the prosperous years emerging, because quality of life, the economic situation, social cohesion and political conditions are currently perceived to be significantly worse than they were six months ago. Expectations for the future are also much more negative. The biggest concerns of youth are inflation (71%), followed by that war in Europe (64%) and the climate change (55%). Other difficult and worrying issues of youth are the Economic crisis (54%), scarcity of energy (49%) and Old-age poverty (43%).

Of the war in Ukraine keeps the young generation in Germany busy. Standing at the forefront of feared repercussions price increases and currency devaluation (69%) as well as rising Energy and commodity prices (68%) as well as worrying about a Increase in refugee flows (44%). Other effects that concern many are a Living in fear of war (35%), Extension of the war to Germany (28%), Young people are drafted as soldiers (17%) and Atomic clouds over Germany (14%). This tendency can be interpreted as the war in Ukraine being feared by a majority of the younger generation primarily because of its financial and economic consequences, while only a minority assumes that it will be directly or indirectly involved in the war. However, the fears of 7% of those questioned that they would have to flee or leave their own place of residence because of the war should not be overlooked.

With the concrete ones Impact of Inflation the interviewees stated that the main reason was the price increases foods (75%) and at electricity and gas (72%), which burden them financially. The costs for follow at a greater distance Mobility/Transportation (41%), Rent (37%) and free time activities (34%). Some of those surveyed still live with their parents and can therefore cushion the price increases with family support. The young people in their own apartment or household, on the other hand, feel the heavy burdens much more directly: Among schoolchildren, for example, 65% indicate a high burden due to the price increase in electricity and gas, among students it is 13% more (78%). A shocking finding is that 20% of all 14- to 29-year-olds say they have debt.

Under the impression of the crisis situation, the Expectations of job and work so that money (60%) once again leads the motivation ranking by a clear margin fun (43%) and the achievement of goals (33%) cited. “Enough money is not a good motivator in itself, but in times of crisis it stands for security and for many represents the basic requirement for performance motivation,” explains Simon Schnetzer, explaining the finding, which is challenging for employers and managers. Other important aspects of motivating young people are the meaningfulness of the activity (22%) and recognition (21%) for example in the form of positive or constructive feedback.

According to this study, the young generation in Germany has a relaxed and self-evident attitude relationship to their nation. Far removed from any nationalism, an attitude of recognition and pride has established itself. Also noteworthy is the strong identification with Europe, which has increased noticeably over the past few years.

methodology of the study

The trend study “Youth in Germany” is published every six months and is based on a representative online survey of the German-speaking population aged 14 to 29. In addition to the empirical survey, the authors conduct group interviews on trend topics as part of so-called trend talks. The studies build on each other, follow the same methodology and are directly comparable with each other. Some of the questions from previous surveys were repeated, others were added. This makes it possible to understand how the 14 to 29-year-old members of the younger generation react to political, economic and social events over time and deal with the challenges for future life planning. A total of 1,027 young people were interviewed for the study. The quotas for representativeness were created by the Allensbach Institute for Demoscopy. The survey was conducted by Bilendi Respondi from October 4th to 21st, 2022.

In terms of content and methods, the studies are led by the youth researcher Simon Schnetzer and carried out in cooperation with Prof. Dr. dr hc Klaus Hurrelmann (Hertie School Berlin) as scientific advisor and co-author. Kilian Hampel, a research associate at the University of Konstanz, also worked on the current study.

Further information

The complete study, including the volume of tables with all rankings, can be purchased for EUR 49 plus VAT. More information about the study can be found at www.jugend-in.de

Press contact:

Press contact study youth in Germany – winter 2022/2023:
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Original content by: Simon Schnetzer / Study Young Germans, transmitted by news aktuell

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