In a bid to advocate a policy empowering young women, thinktank Demos has published a report exploring the lives, minds and even the handbags of 500 16 to 19 year-old girls.
The report revealed a worrying 10% increase in female binge-drinkers over the last decade, with half of 15-year-olds admitting to have been drunk at least twice. That’s 6% more than UK boys and double the average of other developed countries.
As well as revealing important alcohol-related statistics, the Demos report also highlighted other aspects of life as a teenage girl.
Anxieties- what do teenage girls worry about?
84% of young British females worry about being able to secure their dream job in the future and 81% panic about doing well in exams.
Results suggest that girls worry significantly more about not having enough money (78%) than they do about not being able to find the right romantic partner (36%).
Success – what do teenage girls need in order to succeed in life?
When asked to state what they thought would allow them to excel in life, 92% stated a successful education, 72% valued good friendship, and 70% thought the key was being kind.
Happiness – are teenage girls happy?
Only 16% of the respondents said they were not happy, while 64% were happy most of the time and 17% felt very happy.
Teenage girls from lower socioeconomic groups reported being less happy than their wealthier peers.
Material values – what things are important to teenage girls?
When asked what the most important item in their bags were, 55% said their mobile phones. 62% said they used their mobiles predominantly for social networking, suggesting that the value of the object is not so much materialistic as social.
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