Generation Z, Coronavirus

Generation Z, Coronavirus

Baby boomers shrug off pandemic, but still think young people are selfish

A new study has found that the post-war generation are twice as likely as younger people to say the pandemic did not harm them

9/18/2021 2:05:00 PM

💬A fifth of baby boomers say the pandemic has had no real negative effects on their life, despite accusing young people of being selfish for not always obeying Covid rules

A new study has found that the post-war generation are twice as likely as younger people to say the pandemic did not harm them

A study by King’s College London and the New Scientist found that older generations were roughly twice as likely as younger generations to say they had not been negatively impacted.The number stood at 21 per cent for baby boomers, people born between 1946 and 1964, while for millennials, born between 1981 to 1996, and Gen Z, 1997 to 2012, the figures stood at 12 per cent and 11 per cent respectively.

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Despite this, some 49 per cent of adults said they felt young people had been selfish by ignoring restrictions on their freedoms because of the lower risk to them.The research, by New Scientist magazine and the Policy Institute at King’s College London (KCL), found 31 per cent believed the majority of youngsters have been selfless in following rules.

There was little difference in views across the generations, with younger cohorts also more likely than not to think that young people had acted selfishly.KCL’s Professor Bobby Duffy, who led the research, said all age groups had been “remarkably compliant" and perceptions of selfishness were driven by “fake stereotypes”.

For the study, Savanta ComRes surveyed 2,050 UK adults online between August 2 and 9.It also found that some 44 per cent of respondents feel older people have suffered the most.Just under half (47 per cent) felt people aged 70 and above were most likely to have reported feeling lonely at the start of the first national lockdown in 2020.

Separate research from the Office for National Statistics suggests young people aged 16-24 were most likely to feel lonely at this time.‘It was young people who suffered’ The research marks the publication of Generations, a book by Prof Duffy which explores whether when we are born determines our attitudes to money, sex, religion, politics and other areas.

He said: “Our perceptions of individual generations and relations between them are driven by fake stereotypes and conflict, fuelled by headlines anticipating coming ‘generational wars’ or selfish behaviour by old or young.“The reality is that all age groups, including the young, have been remarkably compliant with extraordinary restrictions on their lives during the Covid-19 pandemic, mostly to protect older and vulnerable people.

“This has come at significant economic and social costs – but even here we have the wrong impression. Read more: The Telegraph »

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