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Great Recession Has Made Youths ‘Better’ People

From the Associated Press:

Study: Youth attitudes shift in Great Recession

By Martha Irvine | July 11, 2013

CHICAGO (AP) — Drew Miller clearly remembers the day his father was laid off. Miller, now 25, was a freshman at an Ohio college, full of hope and ready to take on the world. But here was this "red flag … a big wake-up call," he says. The prosperous years of childhood were over, and his future was likely to be bumpier than he’d expected.

Across the country, others of Miller’s generation heard that same wake-up call as the Great Recession set in. But would it change them? And would the impact last?

The full effect won’t be known for a while, of course. But a new analysis of a long-term survey of high school students provides an early glimpse at ways their attitudes shifted in the first years of this most recent economic downturn.

Among the findings: Young people showed signs of being more interested in conserving resources and a bit more concerned about their fellow human beings.

You see? This has nothing to do with being drilled for 12 straight years by radical environmentalists and socialist social studies teachers. It’s all due to the ‘Great Recession.’

And never mind that we have always been told that the ‘Great Depression’ made our parents and grandparents even more materialistic.

Compared with youths who were surveyed a few years before the recession hit, more of the Great Recession group also was less interested in big-ticket items such as vacation homes and new cars — though they still placed more importance on them than young people who were surveyed in the latter half of the 1970s, an era with its own economic challenges.

This must stick in the crawl of their teachers and professors, who are mostly ex-hippies from the 1960’s. Despite all their efforts, they still haven’t been able to turn their students into hippies.

Either way, it appears this latest recession "has caused a lot of young people to stop in their tracks and think about what’s important in life," says Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University who co-authored the study with researchers from UCLA.

Which is why today’s youths are so much more caring.

The analysis, released Thursday, is published in the online edition of the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

"Personality Science"? Are they the scientists who came up with ‘Mood Rings’?

Its data comes from "Monitoring the Future," an annual survey of young people that began in the mid-1970s. The authors of the study compared responses of high school seniors from three time periods — 1976-1978 and 2004-2006, as well as 2008-2010, the first years of the Great Recession.

They found that at the beginning of this latest recession, more of the 12th-graders were willing to use a bicycle or mass transit instead of driving — 36 percent in 2008-2010, compared with 28 percent in the mid-2000s. However, that was still markedly lower than the 49 percent of respondents in the 1970s group who said the same.

There were similar patterns for other responses, such as those who said they:

—Make an effort to turn heat down to save energy: 78 percent (1976-1978); 55 percent (2004-2006); and 63 percent (2008-2010).

—Want a job directly helpful to others: 50 percent (1976-1978); 44 percent (2004-2006); and 47 percent (2008-2010).

—Would eat differently to help the starving: 70 percent (1976-1978); 58 percent (2004-2006); and 61 percent (2008-2010).

So the 60’s generation who are currently running our school system still haven’t managed to turn the latest generation into hippies. How frustrating for them.

Psychologist Patricia Greenfield said the findings fit with other research she’s done that shows that people become more community-minded, and less materialistic, when faced with economic hardship.

"To me, it’s a silver lining," says Greenfield, another of the study’s contributors, along with lead author Heejung Park, an advanced doctoral student in psychology at UCLA.

Absolutely. And with any luck we can continue the Obama recession for decades to come.

Their analysis found that, of the three groups, the Great Recession group was still most likely to want jobs where they could make a "significant" amount of money. But the authors say that may simply be attributable to the ever-rising cost of day-to-day expenses, from groceries to electric and gas bills..

Oh, our sides. Yes, this study sounds very ‘scientific.’

As a result, various 20-somethings have tempered their career expectations in different ways.

Until the economy improves, "I’ve been opting for security over the perfect job," says Calvin Wagner, a 24-year-old accountant in suburban Cincinnati. As he bides his time, working for a small company with little chance for advancement, he’s studying for the exam to become a certified public accountant.

Like many of the survey respondents, Ashley Rousseau, a 25-year-old in Miami, says she’s now more focused on a job that helps her community in some way than in landing "a corner office." …

Uh huh. Get back to us in ten years, Ms. Rousseau.

The UCLA/San Diego State study was funded by the Russell Sage Foundation, which focuses social issues and has funded several projects related to the Great Recession.

The Russell Sage Foundation is yet another philanthropy started by a conservative businessman, only to be perverted into a socialist Democrat front.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 11th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Great Recession Has Made Youths ‘Better’ People”

  1. Astravogel says:

    In “The Church Mouse” series of English children’s books, there is a dog pound. Some
    of the dogs are classed as “Unfriendly.” Their treatment, written, on the board, is, “Starve
    until friendly.” Bring back the “Will work for food” signs, or, in the case of Philosophy
    Majors, “Will think for food.”

  2. untrainable says:

    There was a 40 car pileup on I-95 this morning. 35 of the drivers had orange juice with their breakfast. So we can come to the scientific conclusion that orange juice causes car accidents.

    A scientific personality study? Puh-leeeeze. The only thing that makes a generation better people is better parenting. These kids have, probably for the first time in their lives, heard the word NO from their parents. Not because they’re suddenly parenting, but because their parents don’t have jobs and can’t throw money at their kids to shut them up anymore. We can hope that destitution for a generation will teach these “better people” that liberal ideology makes life harder, but I’m not holding my breath.

    • yadayada says:

      O.J. doesn’t cause car accidents, just slow speed car chases. he’s at the 15, the 10, the 5, the 405 overpass, he, could, go, all, the, way !!

      my friend doesn’t eat brussel sprouts because he claims that anyone who has ever eaten them has died.
      I must admit that statistically and scientifically he is 100% accurate in that statement. that is why using polls and statistics is the stronghold of libs; you can make any claim and not need to connect the data to the conclusion or need any proof. only a few cherry-picked numbers, some massaged emotions, and voila – amnesty.

      12th graders “willing” to use a bicycle or mass transit ? or forced to because gas is $4/gal, insurance for an 18 yr. old male is $50 – $70 /month.
      and let’s face it – money’s tight in the Great (One’s) Recession

  3. Noyzmakr says:

    This story is more along the lines of making it sound as though whatever destruction the liberals perpetrate on the american people the press will make it seem as though it’s for the grearter good.

    Like when Bill Clinton lied and we were told it’s good to lie. It saves us from hurting people’s feelings.

    It’s just comical, but the jokes on us.

  4. Liberals Demise says:


    The youth of America thank you but now its time to polish Obama’s turds.
    A job is a job.

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