A survey conducted by Istat early in 2010 revealed that despite the economic crisis, the majority of Italians questioned said they were satisfied with the quality of their lives. Called Aspects of Daily Life, the survey analyzed Italians' satisfaction with their families, friends and acquaintances, their economic situation and the areas in which they live. The goal of the study was to probe Italians' perceived well-being and gauge the importance of interpersonal relationships in daily life.
According to the survey, Italy's life satisfaction score hovers around 7 (with 10 being the highest state of satisfaction). Results showed that both men and women in the country are equally satisfied with their lives, with the largest differences being related to age: youth aged 14 to 17 seem to be more satisfied with their lives than do those over 65. Those surveyed in Italy's North were generally more satisfied than those in Central Italy and the South.