The workforce has long been plagued with jobs disappearing as we enter the future. Now jobs have a new enemy that is slowly starting to creep in and steal them from the average person: Children. They talk like us, dress like us, and it’s only a matter of time before they work like us. The average child (2 years old) will take the job of an adult within 14 years, and experts say, this number could be shrinking. We reached out to the University of Franklin, South Carolina to see what their studies of child development are showing.
“It’s a disturbing trend that children are starting to take over the jobs of adults at an increasing rate. I saw a little girl dressed like an office worker at the store today, and had to check to make sure she wasn’t employed somewhere.” Said Prof. Shawn Murphy*. “I get a lot of weird looks from parents when I ask the question, but the only way to be completely sure is to ask. And you would be surprised at the number of times parents say ‘yes’.” Through his study, Prof. Murphy* has identified a core group of parents that seem to be allowing their children to work at an earlier age. “We’re seeing Generation X’ers encouraging their children to work at an earlier and earlier age. Some people will have kids raking leaves as early as 6 years old! It’s obviously a grooming pattern.”
While they have managed to identify the group that is most likely to push for a younger workforce, they say they still haven’t been able to identify WHY. “It seems odd that Gen. X. is working so hard to create workforce-ready children, when they still need jobs themselves. We can only assume they are trying to prepare for retirement by pumping life back into social security.” Prof. Murphy* says. “Soon, the path to jobs for even younger children could be opened up by the legislation we’ve heard about happening in Vermont.” (See our article on this legislation here)
Prof. Murphy* also noted that people “know everything” at an earlier and earlier age now. “It seems silly to pay a bunch of older people, who don’t know things, more, when we could pay children who know everything to do the same jobs for much less.”
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* Name changed for anonymity