Teens admire Steve Jobs for making the world a better place

According to a survey by Junior Achievement, Steve Jobs is the most admired entrepreneur amongst 35 percent of teenagers, with nearly two-thirds of respondents who chose him saying they did so because he has "made a difference in/improved people's lives or made the world a better place."

Eighty-Five percent of those who selected Oprah Winfrey, who came second to Jobs with 25 percent, said they chose her for the same reason.

The survey, carried out by Junior Achievement, an organization that educates students on future employment and entrepreneurship, asked 1000 12-to-17 year-olds to choose who their favourite entrepreneurs were and why. The list of celebrities to choose from focused on those who had started businesses themselves, as opposed to licensing their name.

Perhaps surprisingly, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerburg came low, with only 10 percent of teens choosing him despite the huge popularity of the social networking website.

In a statement, Jack Kosakowski, president of Junior Achievement USA said, "We live in a celebrity-obsessed culture, so it's no surprise that teens admire famous entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs and Oprah Winfrey, who have built brands around their personas as well as around their products."

While 33 percent of teens said they chose the Apple co-founder and CEO because of his "success in multiple fields," only 4 percent said they chose him for his wealth and fame.

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I'm a teen myself, and I think that's just plain stupid. Really sad, to see how Apple has a mindset grip on today's teens.

How is the world a better place a better place when their license does not permit the installation on non-Apple hardware? I certainly think the world would not be a better place with Apple having a higher market share.

So all you have to do to make the world a better place is make a good music player? You've gotta love kids' perception of the world...

M_Lyons10 said,
So all you have to do to make the world a better place is make a good music player? You've gotta love kids' perception of the world...
But why then did they pick Steve Jobs?

ZX2 said,
35% of teens need to be educated in how wrong they are.

And 90% of teens need to be educated in general... What a sad excuse for an education system (Though that's a discussion for another day)...

nonono, what he does is;

takes all your money for lowquality apps, and refuses to refund them, so you cannot use them on drugs :p

lol:p

Steve Jobs was part of the company that made the iPod, and don't get started on that "Apple invented the mp3 player bs.."

While it could be debatable whether that made the world a better place, it is one of Apple's significant achievements that these teenagers may have been recognising as a feat in technology.

Maybe, it made their world a better place.

Its this technology that makes kids lazy these days. They rather sit in their rooms and text all day then spend it outside doing things. Hell, I remember that I had a job at age 16. Now kids sit at home, mooch of their parents more, and dont get jobs unless that are forced to. Its sickening.

techbeck said,
Its this technology that makes kids lazy these days. They rather sit in their rooms and text all day then spend it outside doing things. Hell, I remember that I had a job at age 16. Now kids sit at home, mooch of their parents more, and dont get jobs unless that are forced to. Its sickening.

Imo that's the child's nature. However, technology probably doesn't help..

So... It was multiple choice? Who else was on the list? Steve Jobs may have been one of the only names the teenagers recognized.

Shadrack said,
So... It was multiple choice? Who else was on the list? Steve Jobs may have been one of the only names the teenagers recognized.

And how was it presented?

Who do you most admire?
A) Oprah Winfrey (Creator of Oprah's "Inspirational" Book Club and Oprah's Favorite Things...)
B) Steve Jobs (Creator of the iPod, computers, and music...)
C) Jack Kosakowski (Creator of Facebook)

They do realize that this genius, this man that's "making the world a better place," is helping to ruin he world with computer waste, right? Seriously...

Teens are idiots.

I haven't used a Mac for more than two grades in my entire student career, and my iPod died on me within the first year I had it. But I still have an enormous amount of respect for Steve Jobs. I don't know if I'd go far to assume he made the world "a better place", but I admire his dedication and courage. His management style if up for debate, but he certainly has made Apple a better company (in my opinion, of course).

bbfc_uk said,
I admire Bill Gates more, what exactly has Steve Jobs done other than make Apple a very profitable company?!

Exactly. Bill Gates has done an incredible amount with his charitable organizations and such. But would the average kid even know about that? Of course not. They picked Steve Jobs because they know what an iPod is...

I doubt many of them even knew who Steve Jobs was before they were polled. "This guy runs Apple, owner of iPod .." oh, iPod guy? *checks*

(-) Really. What core software is not available on the Mac platform? Hell, most users today could get by using a user-friendly version of Linux like Ubuntu, SUSE or Fedora... Windows is not really required, though it has been pretty nice as of recently (but than again, I liked Vista).

bluarash said,
(-) Really. What core software is not available on the Mac platform? Hell, most users today could get by using a user-friendly version of Linux like Ubuntu, SUSE or Fedora... Windows is not really required, though it has been pretty nice as of recently (but than again, I liked Vista).

There's a lot of software that is Windows only. Particularly when you get into specific fields or functions. As for Linux, there are some distros that are more user friendly, but they don't match the average user's ability to sit behind a Windows machine and know what they're doing. It could be said that that's largely because it has so much market share, but Windows really is very user friendly. Linux hasn't yet matched that...

bluarash said,
(-) Really. What core software is not available on the Mac platform? Hell, most users today could get by using a user-friendly version of Linux like Ubuntu, SUSE or Fedora... Windows is not really required, though it has been pretty nice as of recently (but than again, I liked Vista).

What about PC Games?

I have to mention it since no one else has. That brainsnap article on Jobs has to be a complete joke. Did anyone else actually read it? Donates funds to farmers to teach them design? Hah.

According to Google, there is no such thing as the Steve Jobs Foundation. So anyone actually trying to compare it to the Gates Foundation is being silly. :P

I am not sure that you can't per say agree with what the teens said. The people that were listed were simply not individuals that should be admired for making the world a better place. I am a bit perplexed that more important individuals were not on the list. It seemed to be mostly about brand power.

That said, I do believe that Apple makes a compelling product. I don't really happen to like "them", but there is no denying that they have made technology more accessible (for those who can afford it). The NeXT technology in OSX is a developers dream *if you can get passed objective c*, their designs are wonderful and the iphone OS line is still for the most part a generation ahead of the competition.

wow. Just because he runs apple. Nevermind the fact that bill gates retired from microsoft to run a charity that looks for cures for things like aids.

Nevermind that fact that his company microsoft donates computers and software to schools and libraries (any nonprofit can go to techsoup.org and get hugely reduced microsoft software).

There is no hope for todays youth.

majortom1981 said,
wow. Just because he runs apple. Nevermind the fact that bill gates retired from microsoft to run a charity that looks for cures for things like aids.

Nevermind that fact that his company microsoft donates computers and software to schools and libraries (any nonprofit can go to techsoup.org and get hugely reduced microsoft software).

There is no hope for todays youth.


While I like Bill Gates for the good works he has done and keeps on doing, I admire him more for the excellent business man he is. There is a good reason why schools, ngo's and start-up companies receive free/reduced computers and software. And that reason has nothing to do with charity

Unlikely... given that the audience of Facebook is the over 25 crowd. Teens have social connection circles that are much closer. Many do use Facebook, but they don't really need it. This changes as they get older and their social networking circle expands.

I wouldn't be so insulting toward these kids, especially the ones under 16. It's not really their fault if they say they think consumer electronics are important for the world, it's their parents who failed to instill any real values or knowledge, and the people behind this study.

They were given a list to choose from which may have excluded any real preference they had. We don't know how much, if any, information they were given about each choice. Therefore they could have just picked the guy who is in the news most. That would explain why Steve Jobs and Oprah did well while the relatively low profile Mark Zuckerberg did not

The list was of entreprenuers only. Marie Curie and Martin Luther King were not on there; it was always going to give a result that left people thinking how shallow those youngsters are.

I think it's a mistake, also, to assume that 12 - 17 year olds know as much as older people or value the same things (or should value the same things). At that age you've probably not had chance to reflect on the biggest things in life, especially if you've had a pampered Western childhood. That's part of what makes them children, isn't it?

wouldnt really blame it on the parents either...peer pressure is a bitch. Parents can only do so much and be around the kid so much.

I wonder where Bill Gates stands in this survey considering the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the worlds largest charity organization that has poured Billions of dollars into fighting AIDS, enhancing healthcare and reducing world poverty with over 1.5 Billion dollars annually being donated.

Titoist said,
I wonder where Bill Gates stands in this survey considering the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the worlds largest charity organization that has poured Billions of dollars into fighting AIDS, enhancing healthcare and reducing world poverty with over 1.5 Billion dollars annually being donated.

And almost no teens know that...

He invented (actually not invented, but say perfected) a product that teens can waste their parents money on...This product can help people get more education, cure cancer, increase brain functionality, induce Jobs admiration and stimulation...

So, Steve Jobs made the world a better place for helping to make kids lazy, materialistic, and spoiled....way to go Jobs!

120 said,
Umm Jobs isnt responsible for that,parents who have lazy, materialistic, and spoiled kids are.

Please, what about all the kids with their own money that MUST have this stuff. I have a 16 year old niece that took all her holiday cash and blew it on a touch.

thats a difference between a persons Wants and Needs, besides you said it was her money. she can spend it how she wants, thats the whole point of Holiday Cash instead of an actual item

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,
thats a difference between a persons Wants and Needs, besides you said it was her money. she can spend it how she wants, thats the whole point of Holiday Cash instead of an actual item


You just proved his point and implied that she's spoilt, materialistic and lazy.

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,
thats a difference between a persons Wants and Needs, besides you said it was her money. she can spend it how she wants, thats the whole point of Holiday Cash instead of an actual item

Thats not what I meant. Yea, its her money...but all her friends had a touch so she HAD to get one as well. Nothing else would do. Kinda sad really.

Dont know what legal age is were you are but were I live its 18 till then mom and dad have say so over what the "child" does.

It's funny....our tween girl has been nagging us to get her a iPod a for about a year and I kept asking her why a iPod ? Why not just a normal MP3 player etc and She said that's what everyone has. I then suggested to her instead of being a sheep and coping everyone else how about trying to be a individual etc

Bought her a Creative iRiver 4gig player $88 AUD ($80 US) and she hasn't put it down in the last month, I asked her if she still wanted a iPod Nano ($178 AUD) and she said nope the iriver does everything she wants ie MP3s, Radio, Pictures etc

All steve has done is create a culture of clones who all have to have the same crap to be cool.
bah.....here sheepies sheepies lol

iPod is just about a marketing bluff. There are about 120 million unit sold from a universe of more than a 1.5-2 billion of units (abount 100-200 million unit sold x year). So, iPod is not more or less than 5-7% of the portable mp3 player, clearly not the king of the hill, neither the self called electronic revolution. In comparison, iriver has sold 60-80 million of units and nobody knowns who is the CEO of iRiver.

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,
same thing with SUV's, HDTV's, Hybrids. Blame culture and a persons envy


What's not to love about having an HDTV? I certainly didn't get one because the neighbors may have one!

Just wow...

If you had to chose a businessman over the hundreds of other people who actually make this world a better place, choose Bill Gates (I mean he only brought about an operating system that over 90% of the world uses). Adnd at least he does a lot for charity with his money, and is going to do even more in the years to come.

Steve Jobs, who happens to be in the top 200 billionaires list, has never donated to charity (well in any significant amount)

Giving USA Foundation, a philanthropy research group which publishes an annual charity survey, said Jobs does not appear on lists of gifts of $5 million or more over the last four years. Nor is his name on a list of gifts of $1 million or more compiled by Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy.

Yet Bill Gates donates millions of his personal fortune, and gets ridiculed and ripped to shreds. I don't care what this survey says, steve jobs is an arrogant, and obnoxious a**hole.

i applaud Gates for what he has done, but come on, he is the richest person in the world ( depending on month ).

and saying the world is a better place cause bringing about an OS 90% of world uses, isnt " making the world a better place ", as world and society was turning just fine before gates

Haha it was just an example. But like jobs has a networth of over 5 billion dollars, and he can't spare even a million? Yet Bill Gates who has a networth of around 40billion can shell out over 5 billion so far.

You don't have to be the richest person in the world to make a difference to those who need it. And Gates does more than just sit at home and write out a check to some charity. He actually goes to those places to see how his money is being spent, to meet with people and see their pain/suffering and find ways for his charity to better improve their lives.

While 33 percent of teens said they chose the Apple co-founder and CEO because of his "success in multiple fields,"


I said the OS holding 90% share because of that. The only real fields I can think of where Apple has been successful, are the ipod and the iphone.

I would give Bill Gates and his wife an award for The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. They are the ones that true make the world a better place through their contributions. Bill Gates is my hero.

Okay, read this article, just have to say,macfan teens are they really this stupid?
Steve Jobs doing everything he can to gain more fame and money like any entrepreneur...When did he become a super hero or something like that...

He became a superhero when he created a touchscreen phone that no one else made.

WAITTTTT. There's something wrong with that....Oh right, Windows Mobile existed first. The LG Prada existed first. Hmmm.

Lol.

Yea, he's not a superhero.

"Junior Achievement recently surveyed 1,000 U.S. tweens and teens ages 12-17 and asked them to choose the well-known entrepreneur they most admired from a list provided. Surprisingly, teens chose a business legend from the technology sector over fashionistas, Facebook and even the Queen of Daytime. Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder responsible for bringing cool gadgets to the iPhone generation, was selected over Tony Hawk, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Kimora Lee Simmons, Oprah Winfrey and Mark Zuckerberg."

Sigh...

What the hell is a "tween" anyway?

epple said,
What the hell is a "tween" anyway?

A clueless little creature that should never be asked about anything for any reason other than the sheer amusement value of the answer.

Tekzel said,
A clueless little creature that should never be asked about anything for any reason other than the sheer amusement value of the answer.

When I think of Tweens I think the family guy parody of 2 kids standing at their lockers talking about how nothing will be more important than high school and how tough it is.

Somehow I doubt it that these answers were based on lengthy reflection by people with insights on the change of music distribution business from a service providing CDs with 1 interesting song and 11 of filler to one where the consumer is able to purchase 2 songs from 100 CDs and enjoy them on their iPods

Interesting idiotic stuff. Yep Steve does some valuable work as one of the leaders of the information age economy... but I don't think anybody has an edge there to lead the pack... certainly it is unbelievable that such names as Steve Wozniak (who actually created the Apple product in the first place) is not in the list, not to mention people who made it possible like John von Neumann (the inventor of the computer architecture we still use), Ted Hoff and the other inventors of the CPU, the inventors of modern operating systems like Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson, the inventors of modern languages which enabled the productivity needed to produce everything we have in the digital world (like Bjarne Stroustrup and many more), and certainly a guy who put an operating system in the 90% of the desktops (yes that would be Bill Gates and the company)... and countless other names. So for that reason it is stupid to even think about these kind of list and surveys... we all make a world a little better place by our contributions, some of us contribute a little more than the average some of us a little less but non of us ever contributed so significantly that we could make a list about it. Development is not about a few people it is about the countless layers of knowledge, efforts, ideas and courage that every person must leverage even for the most basic and primitive tasks we do all day. This survey is a waste of time and a straightforward insult for every intelligent person. Go do something productive instead, try to contribute, try to make a better world instead, one step at a time.

Teens... Teens from where? Cause I'm damn sure in probably all Latin America nobody would say Steve Jobs. lol.

Premgenius said,
I read this and I was like...WTF...how has it made the world a better place.

Can you imagine a world without... iPods?

We once lived in that world, but then Steve came along and now we're all OK.

protocol7 said,
Can you imagine a world without... iPods?

We once lived in that world, but then Steve came along and now we're all OK.


Yep, we're all anti-social dweebs who would rather shake their iPods around then talk with friends.

:D :D

Thanks Jobs. LOL.

XerXis said,
allow me to lol

Steve Jobs is a great business man, but the world a better place because of him... no ;)

He had contributed with millions for helping poor people around the world, similar to what Bill gates has been doing.

cabron said,

He had contributed with millions for helping poor people around the world, similar to what Bill gates has been doing.


Uh... that link you gave said hundreds.

APAstyle said,
does this mean he'll get the nobel peace price next?

Similar to Obama watching a college football game and winning the Heisman?

SH3K0 said,
You're going to wish you didn't write that comment hehe! Watch out for Apple fans.

I know, right? But he's asking a sincere question... Dumb youth.

SH3K0 said,
You're going to wish you didn't write that comment hehe! Watch out for Apple fans.

you know what, I do not care about fanboys. They have no brains what so ever, why bother with them.

firebelly said,
you know what, I do not care about fanboys. They have no brains what so ever, why bother with them.

+1. This forum is full of them.

acnpt said,
Everybody can just listen to their ipods, instead of talking, whilst traveling.

You know there was a world before ipod? It was called walkman, cdplayer, mp3 player, md player... IPod is far from a revolution in the industry, it's simply progress

Not surprised Mark Zuckerburg came low, doubt many teens know who he is.

I am concerned that teens feel Job's has made the world a better place, he's made Apple a very profitable company and had a hand I'm sure in making some very nice looking and market leading products but to stretch that to improving people's life's? I think these people put think too much of there nice shinny iPods.

Perhaps you should have stayed in school longer

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noun
a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.

TonyLock said,
This proves it, youth is wasted on the dumb!


Survey says 35% of teenagers are really, really stupid and short-sighted.

Survey says American teenagers don't really understand what makes the world a better place, and seem wrapped up in celebrities.

Forgetting the Apple vs Microsoft nonsense - I think we can all agree that if making the world a better place is peoples reason for choosing an entrepreneur then maybe they should replace "Steve Jobs" with the Gates foundation at the top of their list.

(presuming this is an America survey due to Oprah)

Come on, it's not bad.
Now it they would've selected that crack-addicted monkey Ballmer instead, now *that* would've been a serious reason for concern