What Do American & Chinese Kids Want To Be When Grown Up?

A survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Lego recently has shown results stating that children in the United States and the United Kingdom were three times as likely to want to be YouTubers or vloggers than as astronauts when they grow up. Although 50 years ago Neil Armstrong became the first person ever to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969, becoming a role model to kids everywhere, generations and social influence have shifted onto modern, digital technological careers.

The survey consisted of 3,000 kids ages 8 to 12 to choose from five professions they wanted to be when they grew up: astronaut, musician, professional athlete, teacher, or vlogger/YouTuber. Though the top choice among kids in the United States and the United Kingdom was vlogger/YouTuber, 56% of kids in China said they wanted to be an astronaut. In contrast, only 11% of American kids chose to become an astronaut.

The research performed was a nonprobability online survey that was organized and celebrated in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing. The participants, in this case, the 3,000 kids, were divided evenly among the United States, the United Kingdom and China.

The survey outcome gives an outcome and reflection of what’s come of trend seen among recent generations. As evident at this year’s VidCon, a three-day conference about online video, an estimated 75,000 teens and their parents showed up to hear from their favorite YouTubers. ‘Every time I go to schools, the most said thing from 90% of kids is, ‘I want to be a YouTuber,’ said the YouTuber DeStorm Power. ‘They want to be social-media stars.’ This just shows us to prove that society is drastically changing globally. With social media becoming one of the greatest influences for careers in the digital industry, becoming a YouTube star has skyrocketed and has been encouraged as well as acknowledged among the world today.