A lot of the predictions of what the future holds are coming true for young people.
According to the latest Nielsen survey, by 2030, more than one-third of US teens will be between the ages of 12 and 18, and they’re increasingly opting for the digital age.
This has been happening since the dawn of the internet and the mobile revolution, but it’s only just taking off.
And while the US has never had such a massive millennial generation, a big reason for this is that young people have been choosing to make their living online.
“They’re really coming online because they want a job, they want to be on their own, and that’s a really big shift for the US,” says Paul J. Bocquet, senior research analyst at research firm eMarketer.
“This is a huge opportunity for a lot of young people to get jobs and to be able to make a real impact in their community and that could be the future of our economy.”
The big question is which one?
Bocquer believes the future is going to be more “social” and less “commercial” than what we’ve seen before.
“You’ve seen a lot more online companies in the US than ever before, but that’s not going to change the fact that this is an economy where it’s more social,” he says.
Bock, who has been researching this trend for a decade, says this shift could be particularly significant in areas where there are high levels of digital debt.
“For example, in areas like education, where the traditional ways of funding education are not necessarily sustainable, it could be that students can actually go online and get their education from their own pockets,” he said.
That’s going to put a big strain on the traditional education system.””
So there’s this sense that digital opportunities are going to go from being more and more commonplace to becoming the norm.
That’s going to put a big strain on the traditional education system.”