Tuesday 19 October 2021

The ‘COVID Screenagers: socially distant, digitally close’ is a study we’ve conducted from October 2020 to February 2021. The study covers all six Western Balkans countries and included 7271 participants aged 18–29. 

To mark the launch of the study results, we are organising a Facebook Live event on 19 October 2021 at 11.00. Join our Facebook event to get a reminder shortly before the Facebook Live starts.


  • Mr. Peter Brown - Director Serbia and Western Balkans British Council
  • Prof. dr Marija Babović - Faculty of Philosophy Belgrade
  • Six young people from Western Balkans who took part in the research

About the study

The study explores the experiences of young people during the COVID-19 pandemic, and assesses the impact the pandemic had on different aspects of their lives, including livelihood and employment, education, behaviours and mental wellbeing, broader social relations, trust in media and government, and future prospects.

We initiated this study because we believe that it is important to listen to, and engage with, young people in challenging times (such as the current pandemic), and amplify their voice by putting their views, concerns and aspirations front and centre. 

Emerging evidence worldwide shows that young people are disproportionally affected by the pandemic compared to other age groups, and that they will need a wide range support across the society to bounce back from the pandemic. We sincerely hope that this study will reach many in the government, civil society and donor sectors and assist them to focus policy and funding efforts towards young people.