Imagine the guts, the glory, and finally the awe of floating in space after years of studying and training.
But according to a recent survey, American kids today have no interest in being an astronaut. They’d rather be a YouTuber or a vlogger.
A Harris Poll survey commissioned by LEGO surveyed 3,000 children in the United States, UK, and China about their future .
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The children were asked what they wanted to be when they grew up and given five professions to choose from: astronaut, professional athlete, teacher, musician, or Youtuber/blogger.
Twenty-nine percent of Americans and 30% of those in the UK wanted to be a YouTuber/vlogger at three times the rate they did an astronaut. For American kids, “astronaut” was the least-popular future profession.
Meanwhile, 56% of kids in China wanted to be an astronaut, with Youtuber/vlogger coming in last on the list.
Still, kids showed that they were nevertheless imaginative about our future in space. Almost all of those surveyed (90%) said they’d like to learn more about space exploration.
When asked if they would like to travel into space, 95% of Chinese kids said they would, and nearly 70% of U.S. kids and 63% of British children did.
Nearly all kids from every country surveyed – China (97%), the UK (87%), and the US (88%) believe that humans will travel to Mars in the future. A quarter (24%) of kids who think humans will travel to Mars think it will happen either this year or next. That’s a pretty fast timeframe!
Three-quarters of kids believe that humans will live in outer space or on a different planet, though kids from China fervently believe so, (96%) at a much higher rate than kids from the US (66%) and UK (62%).
Perhaps by the time that happens, some of today’s American and English kids will be broadcasting their YouTube channels straight from space.