New National Survey Highlights Divide Among Generations on How Well Prepared They Are for Adult Life

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What this survey tells us is we, as a society, have progressed into a new reality. Most of us don’t believe kids will be ready for adulthood when it arrives.

Growing Leaders (http://www.growingleaders.com), a global nonprofit leadership training and development organization for the next generation and those who help shape their lives, released findings from their recent survey on generational preferences. The survey looked at how different generations feel prepared for adult life; whether they have an adult mentor preparing them for adulthood; how overwhelmed they are by daily life; and the role technology plays in learning.

The survey was conducted online by Harris Poll from June 28-30, 2017 among 2,264 US adults ages 18 and older. Some of the results are quite profound. Here are the highlights:

-70% of U.S. adults say children growing up today will not be ready for adult life (i.e., life after grade school)

-2 in 3 U.S. adults (66%) say that when they were in their teens, they had an older adult (other than a parent) who positively impacted their life. Baby Boomers age 65+ (59%) are significantly less likely to agree with this than all other age groups, but particularly Millennials age 18-34 (71%).

-Nearly 3 in 5 U.S. adults (58%) say they learn more information from technology than from people. Millennials age 18-34 (69%) are significantly more likely to agree with this than those age 45+ (50%).

-More than 2 in 5 U.S. adults (42%) regularly feel overwhelmed with everything going on in their daily life. However, the generational difference is significant with 59% of Millennials significantly more likely to agree with this statement than those age 45+ at 32%.

-3 in 4 U.S. adults (75%) feel they were taught well in preparation for adult life after grade school, but Baby Boomers age 65+ (83%) are significantly more likely to feel this way than Millennials age 18-34 (67%).

“Today almost one half of the world’s population is 21 years old or younger, and poised to lead our world into the future,” says Tim Elmore, president and founder of Growing Leaders. “What this survey tells us is we, as a society, have progressed into a new reality. Most of us don’t believe kids will be ready for…

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