People are living longer thanks to medical achievements, economic well-being and no more war. So would society be better if life spans were increased? It is believed that increase of human lifespan would have implications for social security benefits, medical care, housing, economy, etc. This essay will look at the pros and cons of a longer lifespan in relation to family and workplace.
First, I will write about the advantage and disadvantage of increased longevity with regard to family. On the plus side, people could have more quality time to enjoy life with loved one. Many people spend most of their lifespan working and spend less time for family. If human lifespan could be increased, people can enjoy family’s activities, such as taking care of grandchildren, doing housework. More importantly, ...view middle of the document...
Because young people and elderly people often have differences in thought, so it is hard for young children to follow all of things they were told. Consequently, the elderly generation will feel disappointed with their children.
Besides family, workplace would also be affected by a longer lifespan. The advantage is that the economic productivity would go up because of increase of working age population and longer remaining of skilled workers. Increased lifetime means that working life expectancy is increased and retirement age must be pushed back. People have more time to try different careers and find out which one they really want to. As the result, work efficiency would be improved. The disadvantage is that as people have to stay in their jobs longer competition for jobs would become fiercer. It is difficult for either in-experienced and low-skilled young people, or mid-life re-trainees to find a job. Young people have to face high unemployment rate; and aging people may have to retire earlier even if they can still continue working. In Canada, by age group in 2011, the unemployment rate ranged from 4.9% for individuals 65 years of age and over to 14.2% for youth aged 15 to 24. (‘Work-Unemployment Rate/Indicators of Well-being in Canada’, 2012 September).
In conclusion, increased longevity impacts society in both good ways and bad ways. But I believe that if the extra years can’t be spent in good health, one’s life will become miserable.
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