Young people on the verge of extinction and frightened by the future: even in the US they are not doing well

by Luca Graziani *

The new one is fresh from publication Istat annual report and just take a quick look at it to realize that no category or sector comes out unscathed from two years of pandemic and almost five months of war. In this merciless photograph of today’s Italy, however, critical issues emerge that frighten more than others. They are the ones that concern young peopleon the verge of extinction according to the latest projections of the demographic pyramid.

Over the years there has been a continuous shift forward of all the crucial stages of transition to adult life, starting with the departure of children from the family: in Europe we do better only than Croatia and Slovakia for the proportion of 18-34 year-olds who still live with at least one parent. There are seven million, almost 70%, twenty points above the European average, and the situation is getting worse in the south where more than one in three is unemployed. Then, when there is work, it is precarious, part time or with low hourly wages. It is no coincidence, in fact, that in the last 15 years situations of poverty have become three times more frequent among the youngest. Istat also certifies that without the DRC and support we would have half a million more poor families, but these are details.

Among the sore points, of course, the public administration cannot be missing, as old as ever, with under 35 at the lowest, populated by workers who have exceeded (and by a lot) the threshold of 50. But the most striking figure remains the perception of the future, far from optimistic among the very young. Only a little less than half are “fascinated” while about a third, especially girls, say they are frightened in looking ahead.

And then, given the transnational nature of the emergencies we are going through, one would want to browse a bit even overseas to see how young Americans fare in Grandpa Biden’s time. Spoiler: not too good.

Between “Chinese” viruses, mass shootings, financial and geopolitical tensions, the emotional toll of recent years for the Gen Z with stars and stripes is particularly hard. The American Psychological Association regularly releases a report called Stress in America and the new update tells of a generation that is paying more than the others.

Nearly 80% of Americans between 18 and 25 identify with money a strong source of stress, believes the pandemic has stolen important life moments that will never return, would like to receive more emotional support. And the last tenant of the White House looking at the mid-term elections, between one gaffe and another, at least this seems to understand: “We get the mental health services they need for all Americans. More people they can turn to for help and full equality between physical and mental assistance “, he said just a few months ago.

It remains to be seen, however, if there will still be anyone willing to vote Dem in November. Here too, the figures from the latest Harvard Youth Poll give some thought. According to the polls, the approval of the president is diving to 41% among young Americans, after a drop of nearly 18 points in the last year, only one in three approves of their management of the economy. Meanwhile, the number of those who think that “political involvement rarely has tangible results” (36%), voting “does not make a real difference” (42%) and “politics is no longer able to face the challenges of the future is growing. “(56%). In short, almost half of young Americans believe that things are not going well. The whole world is a country.

* 20 years old, Luiss student

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