The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development recently conducted a well-being study with 15-year olds which found an average satisfaction score of 7.3 on a scale from 0-10, reports BBC News.
Five hundred and forty thousand students from 48 OECD countries and partner nations who completed the 2015 PISA tests took part in the survey.
The highest levels of satisfaction were found in the Dominican Republic (8.5), Mexico (8.3) and Costa Rica (8.2). In the middle, Russia scored (7.8), Bulgaria (7.4) and Estonia (7.5), leaving the UK’s students in 38th place with a score of 7 – while the Asian countries or economies of Korea (6.4), Hong Kong (6.5), Macau (6.6) and Taiwan (6.6) came in at the bottom of the happiness scale.
Even for those young people who said they were fairly happy, bullying was cited as a considerable problem, with many having been victims. Additionally, students reported that exam stress is also an issue, with 72% saying they felt very anxious before a test – even when they were well prepared. Online usage was also found to be contributing factor to unhappiness. Students who spent more than six hours online on weekdays outside of school hours were more likely to say they were dissatisfied or lonely.
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