Youth No Longer Wasted?

You’ve got to fight for your right to party. Those Beastie Boys lyrics represent a bygone era, as today’s young people are less likely to drink and more likely to fight for a top spot on their company’s FitBit leaderboard. The Guardian’s Zoe Williams thinks that limited financial prospects and health obsessions have ended the party. “Health has got to them all, like a cult: they are also less likely to smoke, and the evidence of our own five senses gives us young people in hordes jogging, climbing, journeying eternally from one institution of wellness to another, serious-faced in Lycra, taking responsibility, counting footsteps, living the dream.” If selfie sticks and social media are any indicator, maybe today’s teens don’t need recreational substances because they’re already high on themselves.

+ NY Mag: For 80 years, young Americans have been getting more anxious and depressed, and no one is quite sure why.

+ Why all the focus on the young? Well, for one thing, there are a lot of them. Somini Sengupta breaks it down in the NYT: The World Has a Problem: Too many young people (and not enough jobs).

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