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World Population

With each passing day, people age, babies are born, and people die. Yet,

as each day passes on, what happens to the population? Does a majority of the

population fall within a certain age bracket, and if so, what is that age bracket?

Peter, is the founder and president of Global Business Network, an organization

which studies business and demographic trends. He presents an argument

stating that a majority of the population will be teenagers in the 21st century (49).

Schwartz's argument is refuted by Wolfgang Lutz, head of the Population Project

of the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, who feels that the

population trends of the 21st century will lead to the elderly being the dominant

age group (57). Schwartz feels that the young will be the majority, and Lutz feels

that the elderly would be a significant minority not a majority, therefore there will

always be a workforce large enough to provide for the needs of the elderly.

According to Schwartz, people under 25 constitute more than 52% of the

world population (53). Most of these young people are located in Asia; the lowest

numbers can be found in North America and Europe. The early twenty-first century

will bring a global baby boom and the emergence of a two-billion-strong "global

teenager" age-group (49).Teenagers are currently targeted economically

because of the purchasing power they possess. A new generation of teenagers

are hanging out in the shopping malls and spending their parents hard earned

money. The products targeted towards teenagers include sneakers, clothes,

makeup and electronics. But teenagers will expand their power into politics and

economics, which influence the future of the world.

The teenagers of the future will be more educated and informed than the

teenagers of the baby boom. They will be interconnected through the basic

technology of satellites, Wal

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