I literally look down all the time. We have become a look down generation, void of eye contact and passing conversation. I can't walk to or from the station/office/shop/pub without checking my notifications which then spark an urgency to respond and engage. I'm dismissive of, and frustrated by strangers. I'm grumpy and permanently tired.
In future generations, it will be a given that women go to work, just as in the last century, it was a given that men went to work. If proof is needed, recent research from Blow LTD, an online fast-beauty provider, revealed that female millennials are the hardest workers, working the longest hours in the UK.
How had I gone from a 13-year-old, plagued with suicidal thoughts, a stutter and five school exclusions to a public speaker, running my own business, managing 20+ people, and now, being named as one of the 100 most powerful entrepreneurs in the UK at 18? I was lucky enough to find my area of speciality at quite a young age; which has helped me achieve the success I have now. But believe me, it hasn't been easy and never will be.
Have you ever tried forcing something in life? Something unrelated to productivity levels, in this instance? What happens? My guess is, like pretty much every time, it fails. Things can only happen in life if we truly want them to. If we start to follow a path lined with uncertainly, it's never going to work out.
Shockingly three quarters of adults admitted they cannot work out how much sugar they should be eating from reading packets because their maths skills are too poor. A report from Unicef last week gave further credence to this, finding Britain 25th out of 37 wealthy nations for its equality levels in children's maths and science skills, as well as reading.
The problems at school are largely cultural, being affected by societal and parental expectations as well as those of peers and teachers. Stereotypes abound. If girls are expected simply to wear pink and model themselves on Disney princesses they may be reluctant to admit to a burning love for mathematics or chemistry.
I've been in the Marketing industry for six years and have two kids under five. I would never call myself a career woman but I know I could never be a stay at home mum either. I love my kids to the moon and back and believe I take better care of them (and myself!) if I'm not in the picture all the time. It also means I enjoy and make the most of the time we have together.
The gig-economy term has even entered the upcoming US presidential race with Hillary Clinton referencing it in her economic plan '"This on-demand, or so-called gig economy is creating exciting economies and unleashing innovation. But it is also raising hard questions about workplace protections and what a good job will look like in the future."