A lot has changed in this modern world. In fact, you could go as far as to say that nothing is the same as it was 100 years ago. One thing that is dramatically different is the life of a teenager.
Thanks to technology and social media, teens have now evolved into a totally different breed. To highlight this, just consider the last time you saw a puberty-stricken youngster going through an awkward phase. The year was probably 2008, a time when MySpace dominated teen culture and the Kardashian’s were just starting to sink their perfectly manicured nails into our consciousness.
Meanwhile, in 2018 teens are now primed for life in a way that those before them never were. For example, just look at the way that they earn their pocket money. For those of us born before the millennium, the coins in our juvenile pockets came from hard graft. Be it mowing the lawn, taking out the trash or doing a paper round, our money came from getting our hands dirty.
Teenagers today, however, make a quick buck from apps such as Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube. Just look at 28-year-old Zoella who is now earning a reported £50,000 a month after starting a blog and YouTube channel in her teens.
Of course, it isn’t easy an easy career path. In fact, some may argue that it’d be much simpler for them to follow the more conventional route and become a waitress.
Take Maria Fernanda, for example. The 18-year-old has amassed an enormous Instagram following by simply posting photographs of her dressed in cosplay.
For those who don’t know what cosplay is, let me explain: cosplay is a hobby where people dress up as a specific character from their favorite film, anime, cartoon, video game, comic book or television show. It’s a trend which, thanks to social media, has rapidly grown in popularity.
So with that in mind, it’s no wonder that Maria has 320,000 fans online. In fact, in the past four months, her follower count has doubled, growing from 150,000 on Instagram and 50,000 on Facebook to nearly 100,000.
The Brazilian beauty has taken to Instagram dressed in hundreds of cosplay costumes, such as Hayley Smith from American Dad, Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Lilo from Lilo & Stitch and Jessica from Rick & Morty, and it’s easy to see why she has gained such a cult fan following!
Based upon calculations carried out by the Influencer Marketing Hub, each post published by Maria generates the teen anywhere between $782.25 and $1,213.75!
For an 18-year-old, that’s not a bad paycheck! Can you remember how much you were earning at the same age? No doubt it was only a fraction of the price for a job that you didn’t even enjoy!
Meanwhile, Maria has managed to land her dream job before even leaving school – and she earns more than most adults do in a single day!
So next time you roll your eyes as Generation Z tap away on their smartphones, just think about how productive they’re actually being!