I just want to point out that the "current" generation of young people have been unemployed, unmotivated, disrespectful slackers since the dawn if time. Yet somehow the world survives .
I disagree with part of this. Lately the trend is younger people being underemployeed and not just unemployeed. This is much worse than unemployeed.
You feel useless, it's like working at Mcdonalds when you have a phd. Your over qualified.
The unemloyed people I have the privledge of knowing, work random jobs, but they work hard. They just can't find anything consistant.
The underemployeed on the other hand, are much worse off. Psychologically they feel worthless and unmotivated. I've been here, it's very difficult to get out of this rut without having something change your life significantly. Such as going back to school, or selling everything and living off the ocean
Think things are bad now! They are only getting worse in the economical sense. We are turning into an Atlas Shrugged style situation, where everyone wants to work, but there are no jobs. An Old man and the sea style situation where you spend days working for something then someone takes it all away from you, beating you down and making you think your stuck in this rut.
Only thing left todo is fight for what you want, in steps that are within your means.
I joined here wanting to leave everything behind, buy a boat, and sail til I can't anymore. I now realise that's far off, and trying to be a realist about it. Start small, work to bigger and better things. Sure I won't enjoy it as much as an adult (I feel that this is true), but at least ill be doing something I love, and which I worked hard for.