Two out of three (67%) USA youngsters aged 15 to 25 expect 2012 to become a better year than the previous one. A mere 7% have a real pessimistic view on the coming year and thinks that maybe last year was better after all. This is why the USA Millennials are amongst the more optimistic in the world, so is revealed by the results of a large-scale new youth survey by InSites Consulting amongst more than 4,000 respondents in 16 countries. The results in the UK are comparable with the USA results. About 66% of the youngsters there believe in a better 2012. The most positive opinions were discovered in Brazil (81%), Russia (79%) and China (76%). These are BRIC countries in full economic growth where, contrary to the other countries, youngsters are not confronted with crises and unemployment.
In the USA 45% of youngsters think they have a better life than their parents. Only 12% does not agree with that. In Denmark about a quarter of those aged 15 to 25 thinks that they are less fortunate than their parents and a mere 27% thinks they are doing better. This means that this Scandinavian country obtains the worst scores. And again we see that mainly the BRIC countries such as China (71% better than the parents), Brazil (69%) and India (62%) see a progress in comparison with mum and dad. More than a third of US youngsters are willing to work equally hard as their parents, but an almost equally large group (27%) does not want to do so. The works ethics appears to be even higher amongst the Dutch youth, where 4 out of 10 certainly do not aim to work less hard than their parents.
Generation Y attaches a lot of importance to the „work-life balance‟, because they have often seen in their parents that going for a career also brings disadvantages. It entails stress, less time to spend with the children and also the risk of being laid off when a crisis hits. Most youngsters want to be more sensible about it and obtain the best results with the least efforts. That is how they were raised, but it does not imply that they do not want to work hard. This is by no means a lazy generation. Three quarters of the US youngsters do indicate wanting to free some time for themselves at certain moments in their career, e.g. to travel around the world.
Most Gen Y youngsters think the future is more important than the past. In the US 66% agree with this, in the UK 73% agree. Romanian (87%), Polish (83%) and Chinese (80%) youngsters attach the most importance to the future. French Millennials (60%) relatively less.
More detailed results of this global youth survey are shared in this SlideShare report: