More than 800 people between the ages of 16 and 30 expressed their feelings about ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and their growing resentment against older generations who, they say, have failed to be leaders in nearly every country. The Financial Times survey published Tuesday revealed scores of young people are frustrated and angry over student loan debts, pandemic restrictions and the highest-ever recorded rates of 18- to 29-year-olds living with their parents. The survey shows how the brunt of anxiety from low wages and unemployment is felt by young people, while a seemingly uncaring elder generation reaps the benefits of their efforts and youth.
On top of the economic pain, many young respondents said “misguided” people over 40 are often the ones defying public health guidelines and worsening the pandemic.
“We are not in this together, millennials have to take the brunt of the sacrifice in the situation,” said Polina R., 30, from Montreal, Canada. “If you won’t watch out that we don’t end up jobless and poorer, why should we protect you?”