I was reading that article on the lack of investment in science and engineering, and how government haven't been able to make people aware of how crucial those department were in order to recover from the crisis and boost growth. Anyways, the journalist concludes saying that around 50% teenage girls want to be models and only 5% engineers.
Don't you think that if most of people spent just half less time on their looks and spent it on studying or any cultural activities we would live in a better place ?
Seriously, the entertainment industry pays way better than any other when it only contributes to, well, our entertainment.
I'm not saying we shouldn't care about image and stop playing our social role play but I wish they'd teach children that your brain defines who you are not your facial features at school (even if they can help you).
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If 50% of girls want to be models, they should maybe put that want to good use and stop gorging themselves to obesity. :-) On a serious note, a *healthy* focus on looks is critical to continued fitness and long-term survival of any animal, including the human race.
Nobody wants to be engineers and scientists because engineering and science are hard but the pay-off for most people is only moderate. These are the types of white-collar workers who are some of the most exploited by our society as a whole - they produce a lot of lasting value and they are being given back for it relatively little. As a photographer in NYC I know that modeling is hard work too, and has its own stresses etc., but it's not the same as earning your Ph.D and then making $70K/yr.
By contrast, in a lot of creative or athletic or fashion or entertainment fields of endeavor, you are either nothing and make nothing and nobody hears about you, or you are a big success and that's who everybody hears and talks about, and you make millions of dollars per year for what to most outsiders looks like a very pleasant and pretty easy job if you're a natural for it.
People like lotteries and far prefer the latter.3