According To Poll, Family Is Key To Young People’s Happiness

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My mom and dad are my best friends.

From The Associated Press
By Jocelyn Noveck and Trevor Tompsons

NEW YORK
— So you're between the ages of 13 and 24. What makes you happy? A worried, weary parent might imagine the answer to sound something like this: Sex, drugs, a little rock 'n' roll. Maybe some cash, or at least the car keys.

Turns out the real answer is quite different. Spending time with family was the top answer to that open-ended question, according to an extensive survey — more than 100 questions asked of 1,280 people ages 13-24 — conducted by The Associated Press and MTV on the nature of happiness among America's young people.

Next was spending time with friends, followed by time with a significant other. And even better for parents: Nearly three-quarters of young people say their relationship with their parents makes them happy.

Tango’s Take
We figured the answer would have been something to do with MySpace. Maybe number of friends or number of pages that have the individual in the top several friends. Or number of sexual conquests. But no, it’s family. Are America’s teens and 20-somethings really into family? Have they been sucked in by political sound bites? This is not a terribly new trend. In the past decade or so, America’s youth have gotten more involved with their parents and rely more on them than past generations. Kids are moving back for extended periods of time after graduating college. Is this a correction? Was the rebelliousness of the ’60s, ’70s, and Generation X an anomaly? Who knows? We think we’ll ask our moms for iPhones now.

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