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So I was born September 2 1994 and I have to wonder what do you older folks think of us?
You know the teenagers/young adults of today.
edited 28th Mar '11 10:05:09 AM by zam
HOPE I DIE BEFORE I GET OLD
Uh, same as any other generation. Some of its members are more tolerable than others.
Thanks for the earworm there bucko.
ON TOP OF SPAGHETTI! ALL COVERED WITH CHEESE!
Dude! I am exactly three years older than you!
Anyway, I guess my perspective here is pretty meaningless, as you were a freshmen when I was a senior, barring grade skips.
edited 28th Mar '11 12:22:54 PM by Star_Kindler
I-i-i'm w-w-w-ith in a-a-a-a ffffffew y-y-years of y-y-you.
You folks make me feel old by your very existence. (born in 85 yo)
Come on none of you thirtysomethingsorabove have any riff on my Facebook loving,hipster generation?
edited 28th Mar '11 1:39:04 PM by zam
Hipsters will show up in the history books, I'm just not sure whether it will be ironic or not.
Also: Post materialism, it's what we are.
I got nothing.
Since you ask, I'm a bit frightened by the way young people become absorbed by technology. Videogames, phones, iPods, any gadget that's loud or shiny. When one of them is nearby, it's like I don't exist. It can be frustrating.
'My generation's for sale Beats a steady job. How much have you got? My generation don't trust no one Its hard to blame Not even ourselves The thing that's real for us is fortune and fame All the rest seems like work. Its just like diamonds In shit'
('88, by the way).
edited 28th Mar '11 8:43:18 PM by DarkDecapodian
Modern life confuses me. ('79, I've got the right)
@OP: I think the teenagers of today are a bit soft and weedy and tragically over-reliant on technology.
A good EMP would benefit them enormously; they'd have to develop things like muscles and social skills.
edited 29th Mar '11 11:48:30 AM by InverurieJones
I'm actually being exposed to a large flood of creative and intellectual material thanks to the modern age of communication, so honestly I don't think technology is something we should shun. Like any other new technology (e.g. It took us quite a while to realize we were getting carried away with the industrial revolution and the exploitation of laborers) the Internet and computers all are very helpful tools with kink that we'll iron out in time. Net Generation FTW.
But of course, we remember the old adage, "Too much of anything is bad for you".
I think we can accept that on the whole modern tech has been a good thing while also admitting there have been externalities or neutral/negative changes. The internet has allowed people to get in touch with people from all over the world, but I've heard claims it's made people too dependent on high school friends instead of branching out more in college. The internet can be a terrible distraction as well but the way around it is to unplug your goddamn internet when you need to work.
As someone who lives and dies by research the Internet is a wonderful thing.
Bah, social skills are overrated.
But muscles aren't.
Only until the mech-suit becomes standard and everyone's atrophying happily in a titanium shell of death./wishful thinking
Aww yes but we are still a few years off from the mech suits.
It isn't just their inability to talk to people that's the problem, though. What can most of them actually do?
That's applied to every generation since the Second World War to some degree, but most severely to the current crop; they accumulate more and more skills that are only of any use under a very narrow set of criteria and fewer and fewer that are useful in the real world, i.e. the one that matters.
While I won't deny a lot of my peers are apathetic trash that will no doubt fail to produce any sort of productive change in the world, I think it's a bit generalized to blame it all on the advent of portable and wireless computer tech.
Nonetheless, I'm not sure what you mean by "narrow set of criteria" and what skills you consider to be unimportant to the world. Not being sarcastic about it, I seriously want to get a feel of your opinion.
edited 29th Mar '11 3:43:48 PM by Astrosimi
I'll echo the sentiments of others that this generation is really plugged in all the time. An other thing I've noticed is that I rarely see teenagers out alone. They are always in a group, usually of at least three people. The current generation (maybe my own I was born in 88 myself) seems ill at ease in their own company.
So the main problem here is technology and our dependency on it but that could be said of every new generation.
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