‍Italians are aware of the uncertainty of their present and future. In fact, 69% of Italian citizens feel insecure thinking about the future, 17.2% feel pessimistic, and only 13.8% see their future as a harbinger of expectations. (Photo Pixabay)

Three quarters of citizens said they felt very stressed over the year for work, relationships, family reasons, or even for no specific reason. More than half of them talk to themselves sometimes and more than 68% consider Italy an anxious country - confirming the fact that 4.4 million are now users of anxiolytics and sedatives (the use of which

increased by 23.1% in the three-year period between 2015-2018).

Almost 70% of Italians are convinced that in the future they will remain in their current socio-economic condition, while the middle class (43%) and entrepreneurs (63.9%) are convinced of a downward slide and that their children and grandchildren will be worse off.

Over 75% of Italians don’t trust others.

A sense of discouragement is the common thread in matters of the relationship between society and politics. At the 2018 political elections, 29.4% of eligible voters did not vote. Nine out of ten Italians would willingly give up seeing a politician on TV and only 19.3% discuss politics socially. There is no good blood even with the Public Administration, towards which mistrust rises over 80%.

Although between 2007 and 2018 employment increased by 321,000, confirming the impact of the long recession, unemployment is still felt as the main issue to put on the agenda.

Intolerance of, and anger towards, the professional class is weakening. Today only 17.8% do not trust GPs. The percentage of Italians who do not consider journalists capable of narrating with critical thinking and good judgment does not exceed 20.7%.

Italians are having fewer children. Since 2015 there has been a demographic decline (for the first time in 90 years) which has seen 436,066 fewer citizens.

Emigration abroad has had a considerable effect on this figure. In the decade affected by the crisis, over 400,000 young people aged 18 and 39 emigrated. To these must be added the more than 138,000 people under the age of 18. From 2010 to today Australia has seen the arrival of more than 32,000 new young Italians.

Partly disproving the often vaunted Italian lifestyle model based on leisure and social relationships, Italians have just 4 hours and 54 minutes of free time per day, putting Italy in the 5th last position for leisure time in Europe.

In the past ten years, volunteering has grown by 19.7% and more than 20 million practice sports. 73% of Italians own a smartphone, and half of them check the phone first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening before going to sleep.

In Italy there are 50 different nationalities. Romanian is the most numerous, followed by Albanian, Moroccan, Chinese and Ukrainian, confirming the country’s multi-ethnic framework.

Italians eat bread, fruit and vegetables five times a week, while meat is present at the table three times a week. Almost a third buys organic products, however the same sample goes to a fast food restaurant at least once a week.

In 2041, life expectancy at birth will be 88.1 years for women and 83.9 years for men.

7/10 is the vote that Italians give for satisfaction with their lives.


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