Millennials Put Too Much Trust In The Wrong People, Study Says



Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 

 

It’s not easy being the future.

There’s a lot of pressure. The hope of others has been thrust on your shoulders, just as you look around the world and wonder: “How do we clean up this mess?”

It’s no wonder that millennials turn to drink, drugs, social media and whining a lot at work.

Who can blame them for wanting everything on a plate? They’re too busy working out how to save the planet.

It seems, though, that they might have other problems.

A new poll from Ipsos Mori in the UK suggests that they place their an unusual amount of trust in people whom many others might describe with the word: “Ew.”

Millennials allegedly trust realtors and members of government more than their elders do.

What can have driven them to such beliefs? What can have led them to think that individuals whose reputations sometimes sink to rodent-level — and I’m not thinking Pizza Rat here — can be trusted?

Could it be because they’ve never bought a house or voted? Could it be because they still hold out some peculiar, community-minded hope that realtors and politicians will help them out in their moments of abject despair?

Do they dream that a realtor will overlook their lack of available cash and help them fill out forms with slightly exaggerated information so that they can buy that garage they’ve been coveting in San Francisco (or London) for $875,000?

Might they believe that politicians will one day pass legislation that forgives all student loans and suddenly releases millennials from their monstrous financial burden?

It’s interesting, too, whom millennials apparently don’t trust so much: The ordinary man and woman on the street.

This study showed that a far lower percentage of millennials believe that ordinary people tell the truth.

This paints a quaint picture of society.

While millennials cross their fingers that those who wears suits and occupy professional and official positions will generally do the right thing, their confidence in their fellow ordinary man and woman is waning.

What have their fellow ordinary men and women done to them that realtors and politicians haven’t?

Is it the tendency for ordinary people to perform acts of microaggression that upsets millennials?

Is it merely a disappointment that the general core of humanity seems both ignorant and wasteful of their opportunities and resources?

Or is it that millennials look at realtors and politicians and still see something to aspire to?

Whatever it might be, one wonders whether politicians and realtors are suddenly lifted by the idea that they might be on the uptick in the trust stakes.

Will this new-found information embolden them to enact procedures and policies that help millennials?

Or will they continue along familiar paths which some might describe as “lining their own pockets.”

Perhaps that’s precisely what millennials admire. No, it couldn’t be that, could it?

I leave the last word to the great musician and philosopher Yanni.

As he mused to NPR: “New Age becomes Old Age very quickly.”



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