|A survey shows young Americans are especially upset over gas prices, which are hitting hard in this sour economy.|
NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- While we're all feeling pain at the pump, 20-somethings are especially upset over high gas prices right now, claiming it's killing their bank accounts. Why are the youth of America taking high gas prices so personally? There's no question gas prices are rising steadily, with reports on Saturday showing national prices rising daily for more than a week.
According to AAA, gas prices are, on average, at $3.80 per gallon. That's about 30 cents lower than the all-time high of $4.11 in July 2008. But as the auto association notes, don't get too excited. "This week's slight drop in gas prices is unlikely to bring any smiles to motorists, considering prices at the pump are expected to continue their upward trend in the coming weeks," said Jana L. Tidwell, public affairs specialist for AAA Mid-Atlantic, in a press release. "Spring, a time when prices at the pump typically increase, is less than two weeks away, and analysts believe prices will top out in the $3.75 to $4.25 per gallon range before retreating later this summer." Well, young Americans aren't a patient lot in the first place, and they're doubling down on that impatience on gas prices. That's the conclusion of a study out from Generation Opportunity, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group. Generation Opportunity has a new social medai movement called " Gas Prices Are Too Damn High," and it already has more than 400,000 members. The Facebook page offers young millennials a forum to vent over gasoline prices and trade tips on how to keep high gas prices from cutting too deeply into their savings accounts.