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76% of Teens Say They're 'Likely' to Start a Business — and Many of Them Cite This Polarizing Reason The next generation is interested in entrepreneurship — but some might question their source of inspiration.

By Amanda Breen Edited by Jessica Thomas

Key Takeaways

  • Sixteen percent of teens want to become a "social media influencer/content creator."
  • Another 13% are interested in owning a service business, such as "plumbing" or "childcare."

More children dream of being professional YouTubers than astronauts, according to a 2019 survey from Lego reported by CNBC Make It.

But not everyone is on board with the increasing popularity — and adoration — of influencers. Earlier this year, the U.S. surgeon general confirmed many parents' fears with a report warning of social media's "profound risk of harm" to adolescents' mental health.

Of course, despite widespread concerns about social media's impact on young minds, it remains a pervasive cultural phenomenon, one with the power to shape the next generation's professional aspirations, too.

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