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Under pressure

With each new generation, children face unique opportunities to thrive. But they can also feel burdened by expectations.

We conducted a survey among 15–24 and 40+ year-olds across 21 countries to explore how childhood is changing.

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We asked people about the pressure young people face today. What do you think?

Do you think children today face more or less pressure from adults to succeed compared to when their parents were growing up?

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% of young people who believe children today face more pressure to succeed than their parents did
More pressure
59%
Less pressure
35%

On average, 59% of young people believe children today face more pressure to succeed than their parents did as kids.

more 15-24 year-olds say children face more pressure to succeed than their parents didmore 40+ year-olds say children face more pressure to succeed than their parents did

This is true in nearly all the countries we surveyed.

In 17 of 21 countries, the majority of young people believe children today face more pressure to succeed.

But it's not just youth feeling sorry for themselves…

Majorities of older people in 15 of 21 countries agree that kids today face more pressure to succeed than in the past.

What impact does increased pressure have on children today?

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