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A pedestrian passes a positive mural in Dublin city centre

A pedestrian passes a positive mural in Dublin city centre

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

A pedestrian passes a positive mural in Dublin city centre

Almost 70pc of young people are optimistic that society will change for the better in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.

New research published five-and-a-half weeks since the closure of schools offers new insight into how young people aged bewteen 16 and 19 are coping with life during the public health emergency.

It found that while 37pc of young people are feeling calm, positive, motivated and enthusiastic during the current pandemic, 53pc are feeling anxious, stressed or depressed.

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The research, carried out by Young Social Innovators (YSI), with its partner, market research and data specialists Amarach Research, found 66pc of young people surveyed had spoken to, or confided in, a family member or friend about how they were feeling as a result of Covid-19.

Maintaining a connection to friends was important for young people in the crisis, with almost 70pc spending more time on the phone or internet with friends while confined to the home.

Meanwhile, some 70pc of young people are engaging with the news at least once a day, with over 80pc getting their news from television.

The research found that almost 80pc of young people are using an app to keep in touch with friends, with Snapchat (83pc) and Instagram (57pc) the most used platforms.

It found that there was a strong interest among young people in helping out in their community, with 52pc of those surveyed having a desire to help, or already helping.

Sarah Rooney, associate director at Amarach Research, said: "Overall, the research reveals that the majority (68pc) of young people in Ireland are hopeful for the future, post-Covid-19, and are optimistic that society will change for the better.

"Those surveyed hope that wider society will re-evaluate life, and appreciate that which may have previously been taken for granted.

"They are also aware of communities coming together and hope that this will continue, as well as the positive environmental impact."