The dream for most parents is that their children have more success than they’ve had themselves. And in most generations, this dream was attainable. Nowadays however, those expectations might have to be lowered.
This week an uplifting article by ‘US News And World Report’ titled “Youth Are Worse Off Now Than In 1990′ is about, well, it’s pretty self explanatory. Young people nowadays have less of an opportunity for success than they did in 1990.
You remember 1990: The year the Reebok pump was just about the highest tech piece of equipment you could own. Well, in spite of tragedies like the Avianca crash, the beginnings of the Gulf war and mushroom cuts apparently, that was a better time for 16-24 year-olds than now. In all fairness, 1990 had Vanilla Ice and 2014 has Justin Bieber. So…
There’s a lot of good news bad news here. Good news: rates of high school and college degrees are on the rise. Bad news: the new graduates with those degrees don’t have any place to use them. That limbo when a person is neither in school nor employed is called “disconnection.” And there are more disconnected 16-24 years olds than ever.
And disconnection is about more than unemployment. A period of disconnection can lead to depression, poor health and drug use. Sure this all sounds like the makings of a hit Lena Dunham show, but ‘disconnection’ is a cycle people often can’t get out of and is a drain on all of society.
But it’s not all bad in America nowadays. There’s Starbucks, Facebook and life altering advances in hair removal. And at least today insurance covers birth control….oh wait.
Credit: Alicia Menendez and Andrea Torres