Study on adolescence in Portugal

The new World Health Organization (WHO) study on adolescence in Portugal, entitled Health Behaviour in Shool-aged Children, presents the results of the latest surveys of 5809 Portuguese students in the 6th, 8th and 10th grades. The data was collected in April and was compared with that of 2018. The newspaper Público presents the main results of the study, highlighting the following:

– Adolescents feel more unhappy. The perceived unhappiness of Portuguese teenagers rose from 18.3% (in 2018) to 27.7% (in 2022)
-The mobile phone is the omnipresent means of communication in the free time of teenagers. To the question about what they usually do during that time, 64.5% said they use their mobile phone for several hours a day (56.6% in 2018), 51.8% listen to music, 38.9% think about life, 35.1% sleep, 31.9% prefer “hanging out with friends” and 26.3% of teenagers watch streaming series;
– Social media use has increased, with girls having a greater reliance on social media use.

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