The personal and work-related challenges that young people face today are not very different from the challenges their parents and grandparents faced in the past.
In the 21st century, there has seen dramatic changes in people's lives especially for the youth. The challenges they faced are fierce ranging from personal problems to work-related issues. As a result, some sociologists argue that compared to their forefathers, young people today encounter distinct challenges in diverse aspects of their lives. As far as I am concerned, I cannot agree more.
Initially, with the development of science and technology such as the Internet, personal challenges have shifted patterns. Take dating as an example, in the past, people got to know each other mainly through middleman or day to day encounters and their contacts were limited. Thus there were less comparison among individuals and it decreased the opportunity for an individual to find someone suitable. Nowadays, with so many online dating platforms such as Zhen'ai and Baihe, people can easily get in touch with one another, which greatly increase people's range of choices. Besides, the Internet also allows people to get to know each other virtually before deciding whether to meet, which greatly reduces awkward situations.
Secondly, the economic boom also altered the work-related challenges faced by the youngsters. An example would be the job seeking process. In China, decades ago, people's job allocations were mainly assigned by state or local governments especially for college students. As a result, there was no need to worry about finding a job. But today it is different. College graduates swamp all over the country and they have to find jobs on their own and compete with numerous counterparts. The number of well-paid jobs is quite limited. According to a recent survey conducted by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, nearly 7 million college students are upon graduation in 2013 and so far only one fourth have found jobs. It was also mentioned by some educators that this year would be the hardest time for job hunting due to both the exploding number of students and limited number of qualified candidates.
To sum up, under the double impacts of science and technological progress as well as economic development, personal or work-related problems confronted by the young generation are quite different from those of their grandparents.