Millennials Feel Pessimistic About U.S. Future
Becoming a working adult in the midst of the worst economic period since the 1940s has made a big impact on the overall outlook of the millennial generation. Millennials are holding a pessimistic view on the future of our country’s economy and the possibilities that they can find in the business world. This information all comes from a report by One Young World. Interestingly, this pessimistic outlook doesn’t reach to the opportunities offered by the Internet.
This generation has a natural skepticism of capitalism and privacy on the Internet, but 77% reported that they feel that the Internet has given them new business prospects. 2011 has been a year of great change in countries around the world, and much of these movements were started or driven by young activists. The thoughts and feelings of the Millennial generation are captured in the “Beyond the Long Spring of Dissent” by the youth world forum One Young World.
Massive government debts, stagnating economic conditions and environmental issues are just a few of the challenges facing the youngest adult generation. They’re working to change the status quo, but they don’t necessarily feel that they’ll be able to fix the problems of their parents. Only 29% of millennial Americans feel positive about their country’s future. Under 40% of millennials want to run their own business, and a similar number desire to reach the top of a career field. This group is also critical of world leaders. Just 12% believe that these leaders are acting quickly enough to deal with serious problems like climate change.
The report was compiled and written for presentation at the upcoming One Young World summit. The event will bring together over 1,200 delegates under 25 to work with counselors like Desmond Tutu and Doctors Without Borders co-founder Bernard Kouchner.