The percentage of adults in Turkey who said they were happy dropped from 52.4 percent in 2019 to 48.2 percent in 2020, marking the lowest level in this category since 2003, data from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) revealed.
The percentage of people who said they were unhappy rose by 1.4 percentage points from 2019 to reach 14.5 percent, while 37.3 percent of the population said they were neither happy nor unhappy, but "neutral."
Women in Turkey are significantly happier than the men according to the study, with 53.1 percent of women saying they were happy, while a mere 43.2 percent among men said they were.
Meanwhile, married individuals were revealed to be happier than single individuals, with 51.7 percent of married people saying they were happy, almost 10 percentage points more than single individuals, only 41.3 percent of whom reported being content.
Seniors over 65 measured as the happiest demographic within the age categories, with 57.7 percent of them reporting being happy. Citizens aged 35 to 44 were revealed to be the unhappiest group with a mere 45.4 percent of them reporting being content.
Law enforcement workers ranked as the happiest professionals with 77.4 percent saying they were happy, followed by transportation and health workers with 72.1 percent.
TÜİK data has become increasingly less credible during the pandemic, as labor data has shown conflicting numbers indicating unemployment and employment both dropping for months.