01 Nov Veganism in Teens and Social Media
In a recent survey by The Guardian on Vegans in the UK 42% of vegans are aged 15-34 compared to only 14% over 65. 67% of those who responded to the survey were under 34, and more than a 6th were in their teens, proving that there is an emerging trend amongst teens to become vegans.
This could in part be due to the role of social media in today’s society with one teen in a recent article citing Instagram and Youtube as reasons that veganism has become so mainstream. So many blogs and videos are being created with the aim of educating us on our food and where it comes from. One such video, created by PETA starring Peter Dinklage from the popular HBO series Game of Thrones discusses the ethical implications of eating meat. In a world where you can access information on almost anything, it’s no wonder that there are so many young people, who are often thought to be part of the most tolerant generation, adopting vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. This trend of vegetarianism and veganism has been portrayed on social media in such a way that it has provided these young people with a cause that they can follow and become identified with.
One 17 year old boy interviewed in an article called ‘The rise of vegan teenagers: ‘More people are into it because of Instagram’ states that it’s not just social media that has impacted this however:
“there’s also the fact that younger people aren’t bound as much by traditional values, so they are more likely to change to a more leftfield thing such as veganism… They [people in general] are often inquisitive about it, but don’t have the motivation to make a change themselves. Connecting with other vegans online is very easy, and I can communicate issues I have surrounding diet, for example.”
The move away from traditional values definitely attributes to why more young people are moving towards veganism, however that does go hand in hand with the fact that there is more information out there and that we are more educated on the ethics, health problems and environmental effects of eating meat.
To watch Peter Dinklage’s video for PETA, ‘Face Your Food’, click on the link below: