This generation have been brought up in a time of great social change. As a result, the findings of this survey demonstrate that they have different priorities from previous generations. The data suggest that the ‘Millennials’ are reluctant to follow the conventional life path of previous generations. Buying a home, getting married and having children are not necessarily a priority now, although it is something that they anticipate happening in the future. Instead, the emphasis is placed on being happy and/or having a successful career. So, what impact do these priorities have on the social lives of this generation? Do alcohol and drugs play a role in their effort to find happiness? Are they focusing too much on developing their career? Or do they have other priorities?
Well, the data portrays a relatively sedate picture of the ‘Millennials’, which is far from the days of ‘Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll’ of the Baby Boomers!” The data indicates that alcohol isn’t seen as something necessary, as 70% of respondents state that they could be happy without alcohol, while 30% said they could not.
This percentage is equal among the sexes, all age groups and among students and workers. In terms of drug use, 92% of respondents said they could be happy without drugs, while 8% say they could not.
Something that may contribute towards these attitudes towards alcohol and drugs is this generation effort to live a healthy lifestyle. Existing research states that the ‘Millennials’ are doing more exercise, eating healthier and are smoking less than generations before them. Keeping fit has become fashionable, which is encouraged by fitness apps and social media. (Anyone else fed up of seeing pictures of avocados and green smoothies?!) The data from the survey reinforces this healthy attitude, as three-quarters of respondents’ state that they could be happy without junk food.
One thing that seems to be more important to the ‘Millennials’ than alcohol and drugs is sex. According to the data, only 37% of respondents’ said that they could be happy without sex; while 63% said that they could not.
In terms of attitudes towards sex, 31% of respondents said that there is too much sex, while 69% reported that there is not. Undoubtedly, people nowadays are more open to discuss sex, and certainly some of the ‘Generation What’ videos are testament to that! So does this mean that people are more tolerant to sex?
How do these findings compare with other European countries? Well, in terms of alcohol and drugs, the picture is unanimous. It shows that all 12 countries agree that they could be happy without alcohol and drugs. Although, the discussion about sex splits opinion across Europe. The map shows that half of the countries surveyed agree that there is too much sex, while the other half believe that there is not. In regards to the question, ‘Could you be happy without sex?’ We can see that the countries are in more of an agreeance, with only two countries; Finland and Poland indicating that they could be happy without sex; while the rest, including Wales, state that they could not.
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