Young people 'moer, research finds

A new study has revealed that young people feel more confident than ever before to speak up about causes they are passionate about online.

Community organisation Conscious Youth surveyed young people aged between 11 and 25 to gather insight into how confident they feel posting on social media about causes they care about and what issues actually matter to them.

Conscious Youth said: “It’s inspiring to see so many young people standing up for the causes they care about and being aware of the platforms they have.

“I think that the movements caused by the death of George Floyd and the murder of Sarah Everard in the past 12 months have made the younger generation so much more empowered to speak up and share their opinions and experiences. Social Media platforms have completely changed the way social movements form and grow.”

Nearly three quarters (71%) of those surveyed said they feel more confident now than ever before posting about causes they are passionate about on social media, with over half (55%) saying they regularly share their opinions online.

Racism (91%), Black Lives Matter (83%) and bullying (69%) came out on top as the most important issues to young people in 2021.

Other causes that made the top ten include poverty (60%), feminism (54%) and LGBTQ+ Rights (51%). The least prioritised issue with only 37% of the vote was climate change.

On the reverse just over half (51%) said they’re hesitant to share opinions online due to fears of spreading false information, with 32% saying they don’t want others to know their personal views. Worries about their posts affecting them in the future is another concern for young people (30%).

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