At first glance, it could seem that teenagers just really, really hate high school.
When researchers at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Yale Child Study Center asked more than 21,678 U.S. high school students to say how they typically felt at school, nearly 75 percent of their answers were negative. “Tired” topped the list, followed by “bored” and “stressed,” with positive words like “happy” distantly following.
But bad memories tend to be stickier than good ones, so the researchers then took a different tack: At five high schools, they asked more than 470 students to report their feelings in the moment. Three times each school day over a four-week period, a student’s phone would send him a short survey on his feelings, with an hour’s grace time to complete it.
Here’s where it gets interesting: Students still…