Two thirds of over 50s believe the world is a worse place now than it was when they were growing up

09 August 2019

New research shows the vast majority of over 50s believe the world has become a worse place compared to when they were growing up.

World worse place to be raised

In a recent survey we asked 1,000 people aged 50 and above whether they believe the world is a better place to grow up in now than it was when they were young. Respondents were given the options ‘yes, it is better’, ‘no, it was better when I was growing up’, ‘there is no difference’, and ‘don’t know’.

A staggering 67% of people revealed that they believe the world is a worse place to grow up in now than it was when they were being raised. Just 9% said they believe the world is a better place now and 16% answered that there is no difference between growing up now than in their youth.

Interestingly, respondents between the ages of 50 and 59, and who therefore grew up in the 1970s, were less emphatic in their assertion. 60% of this age group answered that the world was a better place when they were growing up. Just 11% of 50 – 59 year olds said it is better now and 19% said there is no difference in the quality of life for youngsters now versus then.

However, respondents aged 70 to 79, who grew up in the 1950s, were far more convinced (77%) that the world has worsened since they were young. Just 9% of this age range answered that there is no difference between growing up now and in the 1950s.

Marketing Manager, Emma Simpson, said: “It’s interesting to see how many people aged 50 and over believe the world has become a worse place since when they were growing up. Obviously young people today face lots of challenges, including the affect social media, TV and video games have on their everyday lives. This could be just one of the reasons why older people believe it’s tougher growing up now than it used to be.”



Source: OnePoll research of 1,000 men and women aged 50 and above on behalf of Ecclesiastical Planning Services, December 2018.