Sunday Panel: Are we getting angrier as a society?


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If you’ve ever worried if the world is getting angrier, rest assured: It's not just you. Last year, 22 percent of respondents across 142 countries polled by Gallup globally said they felt angry, which was two percentage points higher than in 2017 and set a new record since the first such survey was conducted in 2006. Globally, 39 percent of respondents said they faced "a lot of worry" - up one percentage point - and 31 percent even stated they "experienced a lot of physical pain." Stress levels, however, slightly dropped from 37 percent two years ago to 35 percent last year, which is why the world stayed at its record-high level on the "World Negative Experience Index," instead of getting even worse. The index is based on five measured negative emotions: anger, worry, sadness, stress and physical pain, with Chad being at the very bottom of the list and Taiwan having the least negative sentiments. How is the world meant to move on then? Frances Cook and Liam Hehir joined Francesca Rudkin to discuss this and the other week's news.

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