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Baby boomers are the unhappiest generation in the UK

People born between 1946 and 1964 reported lower happiness than other cohorts in surveys spanning 16 years – probably because the size of the group means more competition

Health 23 February 2022

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Baby boomers have faced more competition from others in their age group

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Baby boomers are the least happy generation in the UK despite being one of the most well-off, new research shows. The main reason for this appears to be their sheer number, which has led to competition for jobs, houses, partners and everything else.

Yiwan Ye and Xiaoling Shu at the University of California, Davis, analysed data from a social survey that is conducted every two years in the UK to gauge people’s happiness and examine other social trends. …