Why being born in the 1990s isn't all bad

Under-30s are often told they are worse off than their parents' or older siblings
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Every week there seems to be a report saying that younger generations will be less wealthy in their lives than their parents. 

But are there ways - aside from money - that things will be better than in the past?

But there are some good things about being born in the 1980s and 1990s
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From your health to your entertainment choices, many things are getting better for people born in the so-called "doomed generation".

Click into the next sections to find out how.

You will live longer
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The average live expectancy for someone in the UK born between 1991 and 1993 is 73. 

If you were born 10 years earlier, its 71. 

So if you are 24 you are probably going to live two years longer than your older brothers and sisters - but you'll probably have less money in your retirement.  

Females, you're less likely to get cervical cancer 

The HPV vaccine was introduced in the UK in 2008 and given to girls aged 12-13 in schools. 

The vaccine protects girls against the HPV virus that causes cervical cancer. 

In 2010 the HPV vaccine was changed to Gardasil - a similar vaccine that protects against two types of HPV virus that cause more than 70% of cervical cancer in England. 

Since its release the vaccine has now become available to girls until they are 18. 

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And there's more scope to talk about mental health 

With the rise of platforms like YouTube we can share our music reviews, start gossip blogs and become beauty gurus but these platforms have also created a space for people to open up about depression and anxiety. 

You might not expect successful musicians to suffer from anxiety but stars like Dan from Bastille have shared their stories. 

"I do struggle a bit on stage," Dan Smith tells Newsbeat, adding that a "good support network" helps him cope. 

In 2016, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Zayn Malik and James Arthur have talked about their battles with anxiety.

You can get more help and guidance on mental health via these BBC Advice pages.


Life expectancy

You're more likely to be your own boss
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Unlike previous generations, climbing the corporate ladder isn't as popular of a goal, for millennials. 

According to research from Rasmussen College, 60% of young people are turning their backs on the traditional career path and instead, consider themselves entrepreneurs. 

Sixty-nine percent of young people surveyed, said that the main reason for wanting to work for themselves, was to have freedom - 63% were more driven by the potential of unlimited income.

You have way more chances to travel
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Low-cost airlines, internet deals and cheap holiday rentals all mean its much easier to go abroad than it was for previous generations. 

OK, you still might not be able to pop to Australia from the UK at the drop of a hat. In 1971, British tourists took some four million holidays abroad. 

By 1973 that figure had jumped to nine million and by 1981 it was more than 13 million. Now though, it's around 68 million.

When you want something you create it
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Even though under-30s won't make as much money as previous generations, you are not short on ideas. 

Tech innovators like Evan Spiegel (26) and Bobby Murphy (27), the creators of Snapchat, and Keyvon Beykpour (27) the founder of live streaming service Periscope have created platforms that serve our obsession with social media. 

While these social media moguls are definitely not a part of the demographic that is earning less, they show us that our ideas are just as grand as the previous generations. 

You have greater freedom to be who you want to be

We're not there yet, but legislation to stop workplace discrimination, allow gay couples to marry and support working parents means you have a better chance of living the life you choose. 

Fifty years ago, homosexuality was still a crime in the UK. 

In the 1970s women often had to get a father or husband to sign a credit card application, even if they earned more. 

And it wasn't until 1993 that the first black sportsman captained an England team, when footballer Paul Ince headed up the squad.


Equality Act

You have the actual chance of marrying royalty
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For hundreds of years the aristocracy kept themselves very much to themselves when it came to getting wed. 

But recently the Windsors have started allowing commoners into the family, with Prince William marrying Catherine Middleton. 

His younger brother Prince Harry is still unmarried, as are Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. 

There's a chance for the rest of us yet.

You are reading more
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You're more likely to know what we're talking about when it comes to Harry Potter references because younger people are reading more. 

Whilst 90% of 16 to 29-year-olds use social networking sites and 77% own a smartphone, nearly half of them "report reading a book - in any format - on a daily basis," according to the Pew Research Centre.

You've got entertainment on-demand
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Your living room? We didn't think so

Entertainment is pretty much limitless. 

You can listen to a podcast on the bus home, before slumping on the sofa in front of a boxset or watching your favourite YouTuber while you're on the loo. 

When your parents were young, there were probably just the three television channels - BBC1, BBC2 and ITV. 

Channel 4 didn't come along until 1982. If you missed your favourite show - tough luck, no catch up. 

And as there was likely to only be one television set, you probably had to watch what your parents wanted as well.

Oh, and Lord Voldemort is no longer a threat
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As every Harry Potter fan knows, the early 1990s were a time of fear as the Dark Lord stalked the wizarding world. 

But thanks to Harry, Ron and Hermione, wizards and Muggles alike can now walk the streets without worry. 

RIP Dumbledore.

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