It’s easy to scroll through social media and come across studies and pieces that signal just how screwed up our daily lives have gotten. Whether it’s millennial-bashing articles posted by older friends, or essays on technology ruining our lives, our outlook on things can be very grim. Some people, however, prefer to refrain from judging things so negatively and simply portray our present situation as it is: just another stage in human history. Some things are great, others not so much. This sobering stance allows us to take a step back and view our personal situation from a fresh vantage point and really question what we like and dislike about our everyday life.
That’s what happens to me when I look at the drawings made by Martina Paukova, a young Slovakian illustrator who’s gained notoriety for her portrayals of our everyday struggles. She offers a sincere, simple glimpse into what is like to be young on this day and age. Take a look.
1. Life is fast and busy
Technology has made it possible to stay permanently connected with everyone and everything. Life moves at a different rhythm and a few thumb taps on a smartphone screen can propel us forward personally and professionally. Connectivity brings both opportunities and problems unknown to previous generations.
2. Jobs are scarce and demanding
Business models are changing and companies need highly prepared people to fill few spots. Their requirements have generated a vicious job market, where finding a work that pays enough money to have a decent quality of life can be rare. Competition requires people to keep studying and updating their knowledge to find professional success. The more you prepare, the better your chances are.
3. More and more people go into freelance work
This complicated job market has forced young people to explore other options. Freelance work has increased significantly in recent years (studies show that companies fill over 30% of their roles with freelancers), which has its advantages and disadvantages. The lack of schedules and bosses is pretty sweet, but work projects can be demanding and never-ending.
4. Procrastination can be a problem
Technological advances have brought about efficiency in many areas, but they’re double-edged swords. For every work e-mail you send via your smartphone, you can spend hundreds of hours scrolling through social media, when you could be doing something way more productive. Avoiding these distractions is difficult and can feel like a daunting to some people.
5. It’s hard to separate work from personal time
It’s hard keeping a healthy balance between your job and life outside the office. Smartphones make us available at every hour of every day, which allows companies or clients to reach you whenever they want. If clear boundaries aren’t set, life can get very stressful pretty fast.
6. Free time can be scarce
Life can feel overwhelming nowadays, especially if you’re permanently connected to several things at the same time. Perhaps that’s the reason why we’re constantly searching for personal space and time. Enjoy any moment you can fully dedicate to yourself, disconnecting from the rat race is important for your emotions.
Martina has had tremendous success in recent years. She currently lives in Berlin and has worked in projects with companies such as Google, Apple, CNN, and Converse. Her representation of mundane tasks shows us where we currently are as a society, with colorful, funny, yet realistic portraits of our society's state.
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