We have all faced being judged as well as judging others for being social media addicts. The trend of keeping your eyes on the screen emerged a few years back, and it is here to stay. Since smart phones have become widespread, the controversy about their effect on children and youth has become intense. With adults constantly nagging about the negative effects of the increased use of technology, especially social media, one must wander: are they right? Should children and young people be using social media at all, and is there a positive side of the new lifestyle that has become global since the digital era started?
If you use any search engine and type in „youth employment programs“, you will get a ton of articles, calls for applications, and even feedback blogs on certain programs. The idea of creating special strategies for youth employment has been in the spotlight for decades. One can even say that it is a phenomenon that has come to the forefront with the Millennials. In any case, it is undisputable that billions of dollars, or Euros, are being invested each year in these types of program worldwide, so several questions arise: do they really make a difference, which ones are the most successful, and do they truly make possible a long-term solution to the problem of youth unemployment?
The most simple definition of Homo Economicus or the economic man would be that he is a rational person who pursues wealth for his own self-interest. John Stewart Mills defined it as one "who inevitably does that by which he may obtain the greatest amount of necessaries, conveniences, and luxuries, with the smallest quantity of labor and physical self-denial with which they can be obtained."