How many of you “old folks” (before the days of social networking) ever went to a party in your youth that got out of hand? You know the kind….where the parents went away on vacation and three high schools worth of kids showed up from telephone tag and word of mouth?
I know I went to about 3 of those…..everything in the kitchen cabinets and refrigerator down to the mustard and ketchup were eaten. People having sex in every room. Drugs being dispensed throughout.
I went to one where one of my girlfriend thought she’d have a little party and 200 people showed up including guys pulling up on the lawn on their motorcycles. We were only high school kids. I was 15. This was the 70’s.
Today the kids have the ability to tweet, facebook, yik yak, snap chat and God knows what else and mobs can be formed in seconds. These sorts of parties are now a constant.
The kids today are no different than the kids were in the past –they just have more technology to “get the job done”.
I hate that people forget what they were like as kids and put down the youth of today as if they are xtra-specially bad. In fact, I think they’re not as bad as the kids I knew growing up. Most of my friends if they had grown up today would probably be in jail for all the shenanigans they did as kids.
I watched that video yesterday of the police officer and the kids and none of those kids was doing anything that deserved that sort of treatment. One was calling for her mama.
We paid for their cell phones. We gave them computers and the ability to want and need. We let them watch all that television and we showered them with everything life had to offer….. and now that they are here we want to call the police and blame them for being bad and wrong and rotten to the core and take none of the responsibility ourselves.
Let me tell you….the kids of today are more accommodating to one another. They are less racist and more empathetic. They have more empathy and they are more patient with one another.
There will ALWAYS be bad seeds…there will ALWAYS be those who are completely run a muck with ho sense of decency or conscience. I see this in adults too. As I always say, throw 16 kids on an island –some will lead, some will follow and some will kill.
What’s gotten worse?
The fact that packs can form in seconds because of technology.
The fact that we have put individuals in the spotlight in seconds by having websites where people can play out their greatest fantasy in celluloid in a minutia.
The fact that our government has gotten too big.
The fact that our police have become militarized.
The fact that we have a society that is completely distracted by reality tv to the point where it is the front page while on the back page where no one is paying attention we are being poisoned and enslaved by corporations in bed with our government and it seems as if there is no stopping this from happening…..
The kids of today have no future. They don’t have that same dream of being a homeowner or getting married and having a family or even a job. This has been stolen from them. I talk to kids in their twenties every day and many of them don’t even plan on having kids or even believe they will ever live on their own. Many teens have grown up way too fast and seen too much too early in life. Many have been drugged from the time they could walk and medication is a way of life. Many are the product of divorce or parent’s losing their homes and lives to bankers and market crashes.
Many are in debt and they haven’t even begun their lives yet….
It seems like doom and gloom all around. But it doesn’t have to be. Hold on to your family. Put restrictions on your kids. Teach them responsibility. Don’t give in to Big Pharma. Bring everything back home and closer to you. If you have young children and can afford to live less lavishly, home school them. Feed them healthy whole foods and stay away from the poisons that the government/corporations are feeding us to keep them wealthy.
Begin again….. have empathy…. stop blaming everyone else…..
2 thoughts on “Are Today’s Youth Any Worse Than YOU Were?”
Reblogged this on Foodforthethinkers's Blog and commented:
I graduated from HS in NJ in 1979 and we used to have RAAAAAAAAAAGING beer & weed parties all the time. It was a small town where everyone was at most 2 degrees of separation from everyone else. News traveled fast. And the cops almost never showed up, let alone engaged in thuggery like the cop in that video that went viral last week. Lots of great points here.
And here’s the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R46-XTqXkzE
Your essay is well-put.
I turned 14 years old during the Summer of Love (1967), I turned 16 years old about ten days after Woodstock, and once I had children of my own, I often thought how nightmarish it must have been for the Greatest Generation to raise my generation. Not only were things changing with almost blinding speed, there were huge numbers of us.
Along with you, I can’t blame today’s young people for what they do. I would add that, if they DO push the envelope more now, it’s only because my generation took down so many boundaries while we were “finding ourselves.”
My parents’ generation understood that raising children meant that they had to put aside their desires and sacrifice their self-indulgent activities. I’m not sure that my generation understood this as well as our parents did. Is it any wonder that some of today’s young people want instantaneous gratification? In that context, today’s technology suits their purposes well.
I repeat that I agree wholeheartedly with the point of your essay. Today’s young people are not any worse than those of generations past. They simply have a looser set of boundaries and, as you point out, better technology to achieve their ends.