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Anxiety Affects Youth

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A lot has been said about the current economic climate. Dark and gloomy scenarios are in the media everywhere. There are home foreclosures, dwindling savings, and bankruptcies. Yet little has been said about the current woes and how they will affect the youth of today. At least, that is until now.

The Millennials will perhaps receive the biggest shock because they have grown up with promises of plenty. In other words, there will always be jobs, money, vacations, and success. Unfortunately, as these twenty-somethings now enter the job market or try to change their current positions, the jobs that are available don't meet their high, unrealistic expectations. The prospects are terrible. Current career decisions could have a long-term impact, and affect their career success and income for years and years. What's more, having been pampered and protected, a great many Millennials may resent their parents' promises of guaranteed success.

The youngest children may experience the greatest effects. Although likely unable to express what's happening, they still notice their parents' fears and anxieties about money. These children will then see the world less positively than their teenage and twenty-something peers and siblings. They will assess the world with greater caution, ultimately affecting career choices and financial decisions.

As for teenagers, they have known both the promises given to the Millennials and the hardships now changing the young children. Therefore they better understand the current sense of loss. They may try to prevent something similar from affecting them again. Therefore, teens will pay more attention to the economy and business than in the past, which will affect their studies at college and their careers. This age group will also lose confidence in the belief that children generally live better, more prosperous lives than their parents.


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Warm Up: Do you agree or disagree? Why?

  1. I am quite worried about the current economic problems.
  2. The current economic problems are having an effect on the young people of today.
  3. The current economic problems will have a long-term effect on young people.
  4. The current economic problems have a greater effect on adults than on children.
  5. The current economic problems have a greater effect on teenagers than on young children.

True or False?: Guess (before the article) or answer (after the article) whether the sentence is true or false. If false, correct the sentence.

  1. According to the article, Millennials will be affected the most.
  2. Millennials are anyone who is currently looking for a job.
  3. Young children see and understand, but can't explain, their parents' worries.
  4. According to the article, teenagers will focus on the economy and business in the future.
  5. Now teenagers might not believe that they can be more successful than their parents.

post-Comprehension: Talk about the following questions in pairs/groups. Remember to support your answers!

  1. How have the current economic problems affected you? Please explain.
  2. How do you think the current economic problems will affect you in the future? Please explain.
  3. Do you agree about the current economic problems and their effects on children? Why/not?
  4. Do you agree about the current economic problems and their effects on teenagers? Why/not?
  5. Do you agree about the current economic problems and their effects on twenty-somethings? Why/not?

Google Search: Type "anxiety" into Google. Look at the websites, and/or read additional articles on this topic. Discuss or write an essay about your findings.


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