Adolescents are increasingly afraid of the future

In connection with uncertainty about their appearance, pandemic and war, young Italians have more and more doubts about who they are and what they are doing

Worried and disillusioned about the future and aware that Covid has in part irreversibly compromised her education. A lot less likelycompared to the recent past, To do university studies. Greedy and sedentary, dissatisfied of one’s own physical aspect and the mercy of an aesthetic dictated by influencers and fashion bloggers. All the time more “connected” and with a slow but steady Deterioration of family relationships and with the Peer Group. The widespread desire, greatly increased compared to the past, so much so that it almost tastes like “Desire to flee”is to travel.

This is the cross – section shown in the 2022 edition ofnational survey on youth lifestyles living in Italy, created annually by the non-profit association Laboratorio Adolescenza and the Research Institute YARD on a representative national sample of 5,600 students aged 13-19.

After the year of Covid – says Maurizio TucciPresident of Laboratorio Adolescence – we had this year the survey titled “Adolescence between hopes and fears”, but unfortunately, data in hand, Fear seems to be much greater than hope. Exist from father to warwithout interruption, rejuvenated adolescents who were already severely affected at the psychological level of the pandemic more fragile and anxious. A date above all that describes the situation mercilessly: in an age where everything should be extended to the future, in which dreams and utopias should be masters, in which one should be almost “of status” optimistic. the youth “insecure” or “anxious”.

The relationship with your body

The 58% of adolescents (69.4% of females) claim that in the two years of the pandemic eating inappropriately (too much, too little, in an unregulated way …) and the 37% complains to be Gained weight. It is true that dissatisfaction with the body has always existed in adolescents, but the IARD data show a clear worsened after the pandemic. L ‘Peer opinion is very important, but to influence the relationship with his body, and therefore also with food, the role of Influencer, Fashion Blogger, Fashion and Advertising. It’s true for the majority of boys and for almost 8 out of 10 girls.

Sedentary adolescence

The unsatisfied perception of a physical appearance is certainly exacerbated by spreads sedentary lifestyle. In fact, during the pandemic, many young people stopped practicing sports, perhaps driving Restrictions and ofImpossibility Doing sports and social Moment as it always has been. An alarming figure that grows especially among girls, as pediatrician Gianni confirms Goodfor the physical-sports activity required for a correct physical, mental and social development.

School and University

The survey has interesting evaluations of the students about negative effects of the Jore-Covid produced on the preparation overall and on academic performance. As for the preparation, only that 30% says that you Effects Products were puer or even none, while for the 70% Training war punished enough or much. High school students have felt the greatest impact on their researched knowledge. The data related to the choice of is of concern not continue their studies at university: when before the pandemic only 22% of students had already seen themselves as workers, today more than 30% to decide do not enroll in any university; Percentage that goes up 40% if only I Males. According to the rector of the University of Bologna Ivano Dionysius that depends on one Suspicion of the future – driven by the pandemic – and towards adults. In addition, there is the Difficulty found a job after graduation an den costs high university experience, which often leads to one Load on families.


Research shows that travel it seems to be an almost activity “central“in the lives of young Italians.” In an age group where Curiosity growsthe desire to discover oneself and others, the desire to experimentthe pursuit of greater Autonomy from the family context – underlines Andrea FranzoiSecretary General of the Association Intercultura -, to be the fact stayed inside for a long time with parents who went to online school, had no real social place, she did a lot punished. It is no coincidence that, in 2021, Intercultura recorded the highest number of members in an obvious response to the unrest. “

Social and family relations

The adolescents’ relationship with parents and friends remains significantly good. A large majority find family life enjoyable or peaceful, and relationships with friends as good or satisfying. But just so you don’t always find yourself unprepared when things no longer work, it’s important to pay attention to some alarm bells. In fact, the number of those who find Relationships with family and friends are unhappy or difficult is constant Increaseespecially among girls.

Covid & Krich

If the teen still they fight to regain the serenity lost by Covidthe outbreak of the War in Ukraine has continued undermining their sense of confidence and the future. The concern of young people is very high (percentages between 80 and 90%) for most of them possible direct and indirect consequences this can arise from the conflict. As if that wasn’t enough, almost 8 out of 10 teens they have Fear of the Italian intervention in an eventual World War III.

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