What are the impacts of the crisis on students? Barometer “#MeYoung confined and tomorrow?”

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Containment continues and the health crisis is still affecting our country. How are the young people feeling this week? What are their fears? Do they understand the future?

The weekly barometer “#MeYoung confined and tomorrow? developed by 20Minutes, OpinionWay and with which HEYME has joined forces, aims to observe how young people aged 18 to 30 are experiencing the current period.

Let’s discover the main observations of the barometer for the period from April 17 to 20, 2020.

Little impatience with deconfinement but a lot of skepticism

Even if the confinement weighs on everyone and the idea of ​​​​returning to a more “normal” life is very present, the young people remain very realistic in the face of the situation. Only 17% of them were “impatient” at the announcement of a gradual deconfinement from May 11, while 47% remained “skeptical” of this date. They are 39% to judge that it intervenes too early and 37% do not know what to think about it.

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Disrupted work habits

Confinement has shaken up the work habits of young people who, like the rest of the French population, are mainly teleworking (41%), short-time working (26%) or at their usual job (26%).

A minority of the young people interviewed have unfortunately lost their job, internship or work-study program. In this period of health and economic crisis, some companies are unable to renew fixed-term contracts or trial periods.

A drop in income and concern among the youngest about the economic crisis

The closure of university restaurants has an impact on student food budgets. Many people usually have lunch at the Crous for an average price of around €3.50. Today, students find themselves having to shop more and resist the temptation to buy too much. Even if with so-called “basic” foods they can manage to eat for €3.50, the food balance is necessarily affected.

Added to this is an increase in energy consumption caused by prolonged presence at home and a significant drop in wages for people in a situation of partial or total technical unemployment. So many factors implying an increase in precariousness among young people during confinement.

As a direct consequence of this crisis, 30% of 18-30 year olds say they are experiencing a drop in income due to the Coronavirus. And if 70% of these young people are confident in the economic recovery, it will be slow for 63% of them. As a result, 35% believe that the crisis will have negative consequences on their future income. This figure even rises to 43% for 18-22 year olds, against 27% for 28-30 year olds.

The youngest, still students or entering the workforce, are the most worried about the economic crisis caused by Covid-19. Among 18-22 year olds, 41% are convinced that it will have a negative impact on their professional future compared to 35% of 23-27 year olds and 31% of 28-30 year olds. Among 18-22 year olds, 30% think they cannot find a summer job, cannot finance their studies or pay their rent.

A solidarity that is organized

In this context of crisis, it is important to highlight the strengthening or emergence of values ​​among young people. Thus, solidarity and mutual aid have become sometimes daily habits for some. Donations to associations or institutions, telephone support for single people, shopping for the elderly or people with Covid-19, sewing masks or over-blouses, through marauding. Young people are concerned about being able to help protect the most vulnerable people, by protecting themselves.

Our advice to preserve your health and well-being

  • To overcome the “blows of blues” in this period of confinement, it is important to keep your habits and landmarks as best you can: keep in touch with loved ones, families or friends, using new technologies, refocus on yourself, take care of yourself… It is obvious that confinement is sometimes experienced very differently from one individual to another. If necessary, it is possible to get closer to local support and listening networks (Nightline in particular).
  • Organize a work corner at home, take the opportunity to strengthen/develop your professional skills by taking distance learning courses
  • Eat better: take advantage of the time you have to cook at home.
  • Do physical activity to let off steam and promote better sleep

Consult the complete barometer

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