According to a survey, environmental pollution is the dominant issue when it comes to the fears of young people in Germany. 71 percent of 12 to 25-year-olds said in a survey that the topic scared them, according to the results of the published in Berlin Shell Youth Study. In the previous study from 2015, the fear of terrorist attacks was still ahead. According to the most recent survey, this topic still frightens two-thirds of young people today. The fear of climate change comes in third place (65 percent).
The importance of environmental issues is also evident in the question of values that are important to young people: According to the authors of the study, the value of environmentally conscious life has gained in importance compared to 2002 (71 percent agree with it in comparison to 60 percent) Year 2002). Accordingly, the value of political commitment experienced a similar increase in importance (34 percent compared to 22 percent in 2002).
The subtitle of the study is: "A generation speaks out". Nonetheless, less than half of the interviewees refer to themselves as politically interested or keenly interested. Almost four out of five adolescents and young adults (here: 15 to 25 years old) are therefore satisfied with democracy in Germany. Satisfaction rose sharply, especially in eastern Germany. While it was still just over 50 percent in 2015, it now rose to two-thirds.
For the Shell Youth Study since 1953, every three to five years young people are interviewed about their attitudes. This year, from early January to mid-March, 2,572 children, adolescents and young adults between the ages of 12 and 25 were interviewed by interviewers on the basis of a standardized questionnaire. In addition, 20 in-depth, guided interviews with young people were conducted. The following questions were asked: "Are you personally afraid of the following things or not?" - "How important are the following things to you personally?"