What do teenagers think of society?

That's how young people tick

Education and work

The demands on employers are higher than in previous generations: the ideal job offers interesting tasks and the opportunity to contribute your own ideas. Above all, there should be enough time for the children. This is more important to young people than a career today. This is what you want for your professional life:

  • Job security (95%)
  • Good work-life balance (90%)
  • Adapt working hours to your own needs (80%)
  • Part-time work for parents (75%)


In Bundestag elections, young people aged 18 and over are allowed to vote; in local and regional elections in some federal states already at the age of 16. But younger girls and boys are also interested in politics. This was the result of the political youth study by the magazine “Bravo” in 2017. However, more than half complained that politicians do not adequately represent the interests of young people.

  • 33% of 14 to 17 year olds are very interested in politics
  • 68% consider democracy to be the best form of government
  • Angela Merkel is the most popular politician
  • 26% give their opinion on (online) petitions


The majority of young Germans are in favor of taking in refugees and would like society to be more committed to integration. However, there are differences: Young people from the eastern federal states are more skeptical about immigration.


The Internet generation is well connected. The most popular messaging services are WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook.

  • 99% of 12 to 19 year olds have access to the internet
  • 97% own a smartphone
  • 74% have their own laptop or PC
  • 95% of young people communicate via WhatsApp

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