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In an age of bullying and a growing desperation to fit in, we couldn’t help but wonder how feeling accepted in a community plays a role in our happiness over time.
To learn more about this, Yellowbrick rehabilitation center recently surveyed 2,000 Americans to have a better understanding of how a sense of community affects us from high school through adulthood.
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Here’s what the survey had to say:
- The #1 reason for being a part of a crowd you don’t identify with is because of convenience
- 70% of adults said that their community was important to their overall level of happiness, although only 62% of adults feel that they are currently part of a community. Only 56% of high schoolers agreed and only 55% of college students. This shows we care more about who is in our community more as we age!
- Cheerleaders were the happiest high school crowd both in high school and in college. Greek lifers and jocks self-identified most as popular
- Only 15% of us end up in the same crowd as adults as we were in during high school and college showing that relationships evolve over time.
- 42% of adults turn to the internet to find a community.
The full analysis can be seen in this infographic.