Cesvot presents data on the state of health of Tuscan society

🎧 Cesvot presents data on the state of health of Tuscan society


76% of Tuscans believe that volunteering is capable of repairing the social fabric that the pandemic has torn apart. But for 90.5% mistrust between people has increased.

Presentation of the third edition of the Cesvot survey on the state of health of Tuscan society. From the survey, carried out by Sociometrica, it emerges that 90.5% of those questioned (800) declare that mistrust between people has increased. Three out of four Tuscans say that caring for others has decreased, while intolerance for unshared opinions is increasing.

In podcast the interview of the president of Cesvot, Luigi Paccosi, by Lorenzo Braccini.

A social situation that aggravates that noted by Cesvot, mainly due to the pandemic, and restrictions such as “social distancing”. Worrying, according to Cersvot, is the impact that all this has had on the weakest categories: the elderly, minors and the disabled. Social fragmentation and loneliness are on the increase: 75.8% of the population surveyed believe that there is less attention to others, precisely, it is more women than men.

A positive fact concerns volunteering: compared to last year, in fact, the number of people who declare having done so is increasing. It goes from 16% in 2021 to 29.3% in 2022. But, at the same time, those who say they are ready to volunteer are decreasing. Finally, 93.7% say they know or have a general idea. The willingness, even occasionally, to volunteer goes from 82.6% in 2020 to 72.9% in 2022. In particular, those who “definitely would” go from 32% to 26.8% in one year. On the other hand, those who say they are in favor of it increase only occasionally (from 42.7% to 46.1).

Cesvot’s survey also highlights that the vertical drop in social relationships has generated a generalized perception of detachment from others, increasing the share of the population reporting greater nervousness and greater levels of stress (46.7%). Women and children under the age of 24 are among those who appear to have been most affected by the so-called “social distancing” imposed by the pandemic. 58.2% of parents claim that their minor children have been seriously affected from a psychological point of view: an additional 35.6%, however, maintain that the impact of the pandemic on children has been there, even if it is not is not heavy. In 2021, 36.9% of Tuscans felt a general increase in loneliness, this year we reached 64.1%, an increase of almost double in twelve months.

“We have had a radical change in many people towards others – says Antonio Preiti of Sociometrica -, for example, 66% do not invite anyone to their homes and do not accept invitations from others. There is a high percentage of people who no longer play sports and do not follow a diet. 54% no longer take public transport, 16% feel depressed”.

“We have a world in which distrust of others is increasing – continues Antonio Preiti -, solidarity is decreasing, but fortunately there is voluntary service that works as an antidote. This happens for two reasons: helping others is a form of relationship, but volunteering is also good for oneself, because it is not done alone, but with others. It creates the social fabric that today is a bit frayed,” concludes Preiti.

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