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Survey: Older Generation at Odds With Younger Generation
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on September 27, 2013 @ 6:46PM
Created on September 27, 2013 @ 5:42PM

A new survey showed most of you are concerned about today's kids. Many of you think it was better to be a kid back in the day.

On the other hand, it showed that many teens nowadays don't feel that way. In fact, most of them are optimistic about their future.

In the face of intense pessimism from adults, many young people think the older generation's got it wrong.

According to the survey, over 50% of those surveyed believe that when today's kids are adults, they'll have less financial security, with a poorer chance of holding a steady job.

They also think they'll have trouble owning a home without too much debt. Lastly, they think kids will have less opportunity to have a comfortable retirement.

This negative view of the future parallels a noticeable chilling of the national mood too, with many of you thinking the country is on the wrong track.

High school counselor Tim Turner said, "I think it's going to be more difficult with the job market as tight as it is. Kids are going to have to be very competitive for the jobs that are available and I think it's really going to be a difficult time for them, more so than any time in the past."

Despite all this, teens are seeing a silver lining. In the survey, more than half of teens believe it's better to be a teenager today than it was when their parents were growing up. Many also think that when they are their parents age, they'll have more opportunity to get ahead.

High school student Catherine Chambers said, "I think it's a lot of, 'Oh, things used to be better in my day, and you guys just don't have it as great as what we used to.' Most colleges do offer decent programs where you can get a job right after college."

Only about 20% of teens think they'll have less opportunity.


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