Good News Bad News

Turns out those of us young folk who are employed are happy! Well not exactly, but  we’re happier in the workplace than old people are, according to a survey reported in the WSJ and made fun of in Gawker. 20-somethings are also more likely to ditch a lackluster job and get packing before the going gets tough.

Younger workers tend to be happier with their employers than their older counterparts-but they are also more likely to be looking for an exit…

Does this mean young people are content because we have great jobs? No, probably not — We’re just not quite as sad and worn out as the middle-aged guy in the cubicle next door who’s been working in the same office for 30 years.

The relative happiness of the younger workers may also be a reflection of how unhappy the older group is, says Colleen O’Neill, a senior partner at Mercer. The report defined younger employees as those under 34 years old.

Which brings us to yesterday’s NY Magazine feature: A 20-something-year-old wrote a piece on the plight of privileged, confused young people! In bad news, we’re narcissistic, pampered, and over 40 percent of us are unemployed.

Nearly 14 percent of college graduates from the classes of 2006 through 2010 can’t find full-time work, and overall just 55.3 percent of people ages 16 to 29 have jobs.

Even the likes of John Rawles’ grandson can’t make it — He’s a friend of writer Noreen Malone, and he’s a bearded, wood-chopping hipster who spends his time doing yoga and odd jobs.

But it’s sort of OK, Malone claims. Thanks to the Internet we have a million outlets to turn to when we’re sad about the real world. And maybe it’s also fine that we’ll never be as financially solvent as our parents … because having nice things isn’t so important after all??

But there’s evidence to suggest other members of our cohort believe they’ll live a more fulfilled life, have better relationships, even if they don’t live in larger houses or drive fancier cars than their parents. Jean Twenge, author of Generation Me, says the most prominent shift she has seen so far among young people in this economy is an apparent decrease in materialism. We are less interested in stuff, but still very interested in self.

— Arielle


Good News Bad News

In good news, The New York Times made a nice treat for us: a classy interactive feature that lets us compare our feelings about the shitty job market to everyone else’s feelings. We can also share our emotions with the entire internet, which is quite cathartic. Some people are pretty optimistic about their employment prospects, so there’s hope for the rest of us!

Woohoo! That’s beautiful.

15 years is a really long time. But it’s still good news — all that hard work paid off!

But some of these posts, especially those from recent graduates, are downright depressing.

Oh girl. I am so sorry.

Gahhh!! OK now that is terrifying.

Because it is Friday, I am going to end with a comment from someone who is productive or maybe just insane.

— Arielle


Good News Bad News

First, the bad news:

Most Americans are living wretched, poverty-stricken, uniquely miserable lives. At least, that’s what you’d believe if you read a new Tumblr called “We are the 99 percent,” which puts a face to the thousands of protesters currently getting pepper sprayed and arrested around Wall St. these days. Here’s a super sad example:

I’m an 66 yr old ex-sailing yacht skipper, ex-gold smith. The yacht sunk and the gold went through the roof. The upper middle class that were my customers is gone. No more income, debt to my landlady, food or rent?  I am also the 99%.

You may enjoy the blog best while listening to a lonely violin play a sad song.

But in good news, Steven Pinker writes in his new book that we are living in the least-violent period in human civilization. He tells Metro New York:

“Most of us are extremely lucky to be living in the current era, where any one of us has a very small chance of dying violently. That wasn’t always true of human history. But I don’t think we’re going to go back to burning heretics at the stake any time soon.”

That’s great, huh?! Well, don’t get too excited, because if you’re not getting chopped down by a machete, it’s likely that you’ll die of an infectious airborne disease.

— Jordan


Good News Bad News

Here’s the first in our weekly segment, Good News Bad News. We’ll be keeping you posted on the best and worst news about your future.

First, the good news:

If you go to school for art, you will not be a bum after you graduate! John M. Eger writing for Huff Post College says ,”The myth of the starving artist is just that, a myth…”

He sites a new report by the Strategic National Arts Project, which has discovered:

  • Ninety-two percent of arts alumni who wish to work currently are, with most finding employment soon after graduating.
  • Two-thirds said their first job was a close match for the kind of work they wanted.
  • More than half (57%) are currently working as professional artists.

This is quite encouraging, no? Though another set of facts, buried just after the nice bullet points, is alarming:

But over half hold at least two jobs concurrently; 18% are working three or more jobs, and few had the business or marketing skills they needed to start their own business or even to launch their careers.

But enough about that. This is supposed to be the good news.

The bad news is for our New York City audience. An old saying goes, “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.”

Unfortunately, you are probably going to die here. Therefore you will not be able to go anywhere.

Elie Mystel  writes about our germy, crowded, cesspool of a city in today’s Daily News:

To live in New York is to accept that you will probably be among the first to die during the next global infectious calamity. You know, surely, that the subway is a terrible place to be when an incurable airborne disease comes calling. You’ve already thought through how living in a building with 30 other units and central air filtration is going to be a bit of a problem when the widow in 4F gets Feline Fishflu from one of her eight cats. One of these days, NyQuil isn’t going to be enough.

So the future is bright, if you can make it there alive!

— Jordan