Internet Makes Young People Happy

    August 27, 2007

Young people ages 13 to 24 are usually happy about the future according to an MTV-Associated press study conducted by Knowledge Networks in April 2007.

Almost two-thirds of respondents said they were happy with their lives in general and 62 percent believed they would be even happier in the future.

"Nearly two-thirds of the young people surveyed said they think that the Internet, instant messaging, cell phones and other technologies make people happier, and 61% said those things make them feel closer to their family," said eMarketer senior analyst Debra Aho Williamson. "You simply cannot separate young people from technology; it is part of who they are."

Respondents generally said that not having technology would be stressful. Close to half of young people do not turn off their mobile phones, even while relaxing.

Harris Interactive asked young people in October 2006 what things made them happy. Owing a PC made both teens and pre-teens happy. Mobile phones were of more of a priority for teens than pre-teens.

According to the MTV- Associated press study 54 percent of young people said they could not live without the Internet. Fifty -one percent said they could not be without a computer and 49 percent could not live without their cell phones. Forty-seven percent said they could not live without television.