Researchers Release 7th Annual World Happiness Report 2019

Yesterday, March 20th 2019, the World Happiness Report 2019 was released to the international public. Unsurprisingly, at least for the purposes of this article, the United States has yet again slide down the world rankings to 19th – down 7 spots since 2016. For those of you unfamiliar, the annual study ranks 156 countries globally in terms of employment rates, income, medical coverage, quality of life, purchasing power (GDP), poverty rates, voter turnout, perception of political relations – etc – and averages them into a combined scoring average.

While I will not get into an in depth analysis of the study here, some of the general highlights I’ve taken from it are the fact that countries throughout the America’s and Asia, including the US, Mexico, China and Vietnam are all generally considered on the downswing, whereas countries in North Africa and Europe, including Germany, Belgium, Morocco and Algeria are generally considered on the upswing. Interestingly and randomly enough, feelings of an impending sense of “Dystopia” were among the highest ranking feelings or criteria experience by citizens of essentially every nation on Earth – see lightest shade of purple in the graphs below. God knows I hear that!  🤪

Read More – America’s Dystopia or The New Reality?:

Top 25 Most Happy:

No photo description available.

Top 25 Least Happy:

No photo description available.

Another interesting take from the study is societies view of social media and how it’s largely presumed to be destroying civilized society as we know it – or perhaps more appropriately put, used to know it. Studying the data/graphs, it appears as though something of great significant happened in America between 2011 and 2013 – something which has fundamentally changed the way people perceive the world/humanity. For example, nearly every graph you can find points to peoples feelings and/or expressions of happiness peaking sometime around 2004 -2006, before momentarily faltering and outright crashing just after 2011. This is not just the case with American adults, but seemingly every age and demographic surveyed across the United States.

While there is no “smoking gun” to point to as a cause, so to speak, researchers point to the sharp rise of social media activity around that time to blame. For example, the amount of time people began spending on the internet is directly correlated to a crash in their feelings of happiness.

Time Online:

No photo description available.

General Feelings of Happiness (US):

No photo description available.

For example, when polled, a study of High School students found that outside of sleeping, in order, they spend the most amount of time either playing sports, listening to music or browsing the internet – in that order. Combined, high school students now claim to spend more time listening to music, browsing the internet, playing computer games and posting to social media each day than they do sleeping – just let that soak in for a moment.

Read More – 60% of Society Believe Social Media Is Destroying Society:
Download Full Report:

Browse Full Report: