“The [internet] adoption story itself is amazing and hardly ever duplicated in world history. Technology has not deployed this fast, ever.”—Lee Rainie, director of Pew Research Center’s Internet project, chats with NPR about the upcoming 25th anniversary of the web.
“Neither political party has really articulated an economic vision that will address the challenges faced by young adults. The solutions we’re seeing are sort of recycled solutions from the past.”—Aaron Smith, co-founder and executive director of Young Invincibles, speaking about Millennials at our Generations in the Next America symposium.
“The math of [Social Security and Medicare] does not work. Everybody who looks at the demographics knows that those systems are going broke within 15 or 20 years. And the longer you wait, the more the burden of the solution is going to fall on the Millennials.”—The Pew Research Center’s Paul Taylor on Morning Edition. Taylor’s new book is out: The Next America.
Carroll Doherty, director of political research at the Pew Research Center, speaking at our Generations in the Next America event about Millennials and politics. Follow our live blog.
Half of Millennials call themselves independent, versus 27% Democrats and 17% Republicans. But when you include those who “lean” toward one party or another, half identify with the Democratic Party versus 34% for the Republican Party.
“We don’t really think about it. It’s just the world we grew up in.”—Alicia Menendez, host of “Alicia Menendez Tonight” on Fusion TV, on the racial and ethnic diversity of her generation at our Generations in the Next America event, happening now.
“Going to college isn’t wrong. Going to college at any cost? That’s wrong.”—Washington Post personal-finance columnist Michelle Singletary, speaking at our Generations in the Next America event at the Newseum this morning.
"Things are out of balance. Our Social Security and Medicare systems — which in the public’s mind have done brilliantly in doing what they set out to do — they were based on the demographics of the 20th century. You had literally at the beginning 150 workers per retiree, by the time all the Baby Boomers move into taking those programs, we’ll only have two workers per retiree. The math of those programs does not work."
“There’s a pretty persistent narrative that the Web isolates people, it makes us depressed, but when you ask users if it’s been good or not, they resoundingly say it makes things better for them," said Rainie. "People know it’s not a uniformly positive story, there are bad things that happen online. But the big balance sheet is a positive one.”—Happy 25th Birthday to the World Wide Web. We’ve taken a look back at your lifespan and asked the American public what they think, and it’s been mostly good reviews. [via NPR]
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“Nevada has by far the nation’s highest marriage rate. According to provisional data, in 2011 there were 36.9 new marriages per 1,000 population in Nevada, about as many as the next three states (Hawaii, Arkansas and Tennessee) combined.”—Get more quick data hits about love and marriage.
The current federal minimum wage falls below the poverty threshold for most households. A new CBO report says raising the minimum will increase income for millions of low-wage workers but cost thousands their jobs.
With the Indian parliamentary elections just weeks away, the Indian public, by a margin of more than three-to-one, would prefer the Hindu-nationalist opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to lead the next Indian government rather than the Indian National Congress (INC).