Astronauts fall in popularity in children's 'future dream' rankings, YouTuber becomes more popular

by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Since the Apollo 11 launched by the US Apollo Program on July 16, 1969 played the first human landing on the moon, astronauts have the image of a yearning for children. However, among children in the United States and Britain in recent years, it has been reported that 'YouTuber is more popular as a career you want to be in the future than astronauts'.

American kids would much rather be YouTubers than astronauts | Ars Technica

Apollo 11's landing on the moon not only resulted in victory in the space development competition, scientific and technological achievements, but also resulted in much greater scientific, engineering and mathematical interest in the younger generation. However, Ars Technica points out that, in recent years, the effects of the legacy that the Apollo program has left behind are nearing their end.

In a questionnaire survey conducted by the research firm The Harris Poll on July 15, 2019, the day before the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Project, we investigated interest in space for a total of 3,000 children in the United States, the United Kingdom, and China. . First of all, answer to the children some of the five things you want to be in the future out of the five astronauts, teachers, professional athletes, musicians, Vloggers (people who transmit lifestyles with movies) and YouTuber. I was asked to

As a result, in the United States and the United Kingdom, about 30% of the total chose Vlogger ・ YouTuber as what they want to be in the future, and astronauts were the lowest among the five jobs with 11%. On the other hand, 56% of the top respondents in China said they wanted to be astronauts, with Vlogger YouTuber at 18%, the lowest. Survey results show that China is much more interested in the universe than the western countries.

The survey also asked the children, 'How much do you think humanity will enter the space in the future?' A total of 3000 children said, 'I think that in the future humanity will live in space or another planet' 'I want to go in space or another planet in the future' The percentage that was done became 75%.

The breakdown by country seems to be that China's optimism and interest in space seems to be high, too, and 96% of people said that humanity will be living in space, actually trying to go to another planet The percentage of respondents was 95%. On the other hand, although the proportion was not as high as in China in the United States and the United Kingdom, 60% or more of the children have all indicated that they are in favor of advancing humanity into space or another planet, or that they would go to another planet. about.

From this result, children in the United States and Britain have not lost their interest in the universe as much, but with their interest in the universe remaining, other jobs still seem more attractive I understand this.

Still, Ars Technica points out that children in China are clearly more interested in space than children in the western world. Although it is not clear until that reason, the children have been told that 'the United States has already successfully made a landing on the moon under the Apollo program' and 'the United States has been active as the center of the International Space Station since the time of the conviction'. It is said that the excitement and exciting image of the universe may be lost. On the other hand, China is a relatively late challenger in the field of space development, which stimulates children's willingness, and may also emphasize the value of science and space exploration as an educational system. Ars Technica said.

by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

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