Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Teens Take Look at Life That Awaits Them

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Teens Take Look at Life That Awaits Them

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There was a time when the year 2000 seemed like a pipe dream, an era filled with fantastic flying cars and cities in the sky. Now 2000 is a few days away and, while we don't yet live like the Jetsons, things have certainly changed from past generations.

Today's youths, who will spend the bulk of their lives in the coming century, will live a life unlike that of any generation before, filled with undreamed of technological advances that could either help or hinder them.

When asked what they expect in the coming years, teenagers at The Avenues mall expressed a mix of optimism and pessimism, sometimes in the same sentence. And they didn't once mention flying cars:

"I think life will become more simplified. People will practically be living over their computers and the Internet. We'll be better educated, but there's going to be a serious drop in family values as we see an increase in material gain."

-- Heather Dunnigan, 19

"It's going to be harder to get a job out of college, because there's going to be so much more competition. …

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