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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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 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*

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 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).

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.

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)

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..

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

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)...

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?

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.

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.

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