We conducted a survey among 15–24 and 40+ year-olds across 21 countries to explore how childhood is changing.Read more about the survey
A significant share of young people say they identify most with being part of the world.
That's, in part, a reflection of the explosion of the internet and a growing sense of connectedness around the globe.
Sure enough, those who use the internet every day are more likely to say they identify as a global citizen than those who never use the internet.
Similarly, those who live in cities or towns are more likely to say they identify as global citizens.
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On average, just 22% of older people say they identify most with being part of the world — about half the share of young people.
Looking across all 21 countries, people are about 1% less likely to identify as a global citizen with each additional year of age.
This finding is one of the most significant of our project.
It reflects a profound change in how people think about themselves and with which community they most affiliate.