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The Daily Strange: Research shows that stereotypes of young people are false

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Written by LaMarcus Wilkerson, Staff Writer

Students have no sense of responsibility and are only concerned for themselves. Full-time and part-time students that work are sluggish and are careless about work ethics. They are vanity slaves and their arrogance limits their growth in the workplace. They are unappreciative of success and feel like they are entitled to it.

These declarations are merely stereotypes that are often placed on students.

You may think these stereotypes of our generation are repulsive and misleading. In fact, you’re not wrong.

It’s not only morally incorrect to categorize a group of people and assume they are all alike; it’s not logical and cannot serve as the basis for an effective argument.  Truth lies in extensive research. That’s what author Jeffery Arnett found.

According to his article from the Harvard Business Review, two decades of evidence has been gathered from young people between the ages 19 to 29. In his article, titled “What Really Motivates Workers in their 20’s”, Arnett said young people in their 20’s are in a stage of life called “emerging adulthood”. Simply put, this is a transition into the realities (and perils) of adulthood.

His research consisted of numerous detailed interviews and surveys that involved thousands of young adults.

His research not only says that the stereotypes of young people are false but today’s rising generation is ambitious, despite popular belief.

According to the recent 2015 Clark University Poll of Emerging Adults, 89 percent of “emerging adults” claim they would try their best with any job. Yet, 40 percent agreed that they would do just enough to get by.

78 percent feel they would work up to get the career they desire but disprove of being taking advantage of.

However, today the line between the business and personal life is intertwined in the lives of young adults.

In fact, according to the survey 54% of young people believe there is nothing wrong with checking their social media page or texting on the job. We all know what an employer thinks on that. The phrase, “get off your phone” often rings a bell.

79 percent of emerging adults say that it’s not all about the money and 86% would prefer a career that emits positivity into the world.

This evidence gathered over two decades proclaims that it’s wrong to assume that all young adults are slothful and ungrateful.

Categorizing a group of people because of stereotypes administered by society doesn’t apply to logic. In fact, it does the opposite.

Everyone knows the old saying about opinions.


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