New study proves that our generation really does want to change the world for the better
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An enlightening study confirms that a formidable amount of today’s youth would rather engage in altruistic, scientific pursuits than attain fame through reality TV and social media. The research, announced at the GenerationeXt science fair, provides some promising statistics. Out of 2500 16-24 year olds that contributed to the study, it is found that almost two-thirds (62%) take part in selfless and philanthropic activities, including volunteering, caring for others and/or donating to charity. Over half (57%) are determined to pursue employment opportunities that make positive contributions to society, and the grand majority of these (85%) have already begun preparing for such illustrious careers. Additionally, more than a third of today’s youth (34%) set their sights on curing cancer. This is compared with the minority of young people (a total of only 20%) that aspire to achieve celebrity status through film, reality TV, and social media. Professor Alice Roberts, a scientist, anthropologist, and broadcaster, who opened the science fair in alliance with leading medical biotechnology firm Roche, is keen to ensure that more young people consider careers in science and technology.
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