Tuesday, July 16, 2019
On the eve of the Apollo 11 anniversary, LEGO asked The Harris Poll to survey a total of 3,000 children in the United States, China, and the United Kingdom about their attitudes toward and knowledge of space.
The results reveal that, at least for Western countries, kids today are more interested in YouTube than spaceflight. Asked what they would like to be when they grow up, about 3 in 10 American and British children replied that they wanted to be YouTubers or Vloggers -- careers making videos on the Internet for fame and fortune. Lesser preferences included becoming a teacher, professional athlete, or musician. Becoming an astronaut ranked last, at 11%.
Only in China did children have a clear preference for being an astronaut -- or rather, a taikonaut -- over other potential professions. Children in China were also much more interested in going into space and had higher expectations for human settlement of space in the decades to come.
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