They suffer from FOMO and FONK. Four in five say they haven’t found their passion in life.
With more information at their fingertips than any generation in history, today’s under 30s live their lives ”a mile wide and an inch deep”, and they’re so busy keeping up with their social media feeds they have no time to go deeply into anything.
That’s the picture that emerged not from a grumpy middle-aged parenting forum, but from a statistically representative national survey of almost 2000 16- to 30-year-olds, commissioned by digital publisher Sound Alliance.
The typical survey respondent was living with their parents, earning under $60,000 a year, and had completed year 12 or an undergraduate degree.
According to interviews and diaries kept by survey participants, FOMO (the fear of missing out) and FONK (the fear of not knowing) drove young people to constantly check their phones for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter feeds and new emails and texts.