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zam Last Boy on Earth from Orlando, FL . Relationship Status: Heisenberg unreliable
Last Boy on Earth
Mar 28th 2011 at 10:04:25 AM

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

All of time and space, anywhere and everywhere, any star that ever was. Where do you want to start?
ImipolexG frozen in time from all our yesterdays
frozen in time
Mar 28th 2011 at 11:38:38 AM

HOPE I DIE BEFORE I GET OLD

Uh, same as any other generation. Some of its members are more tolerable than others.

no one will notice that I changed this
blackcat Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Mar 28th 2011 at 11:48:29 AM

Thanks for the earworm there bucko.

ON TOP OF SPAGHETTI! ALL COVERED WITH CHEESE!

We never go any where without our swords and boas.
Star_Kindler from Here, of course
Mar 28th 2011 at 12:18:54 PM

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

C'est la vie.
HungryJoe Gristknife from Under the Tree
Gristknife
Mar 28th 2011 at 12:54:58 PM

I-i-i'm w-w-w-ith in a-a-a-a ffffffew y-y-years of y-y-you.

Charlie Tunoku is a lover and a fighter.
Landstander God Of Cake from Somewhere else
God Of Cake
Mar 28th 2011 at 1:12:12 PM

You folks make me feel old by your very existence. (born in 85 yo)

Emperor Wu liked cake, but not exploding cake!
zam Last Boy on Earth from Orlando, FL . Relationship Status: Heisenberg unreliable
Last Boy on Earth
Mar 28th 2011 at 1:38:54 PM

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

All of time and space, anywhere and everywhere, any star that ever was. Where do you want to start?
HungryJoe Gristknife from Under the Tree
Gristknife
Mar 28th 2011 at 2:38:06 PM

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.

Charlie Tunoku is a lover and a fighter.
blackcat Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Mar 28th 2011 at 2:41:20 PM

I got nothing.

We never go any where without our swords and boas.
RalphCrown Short Hair from Next Door to Nowhere
Short Hair
Mar 28th 2011 at 3:01:38 PM

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.

Under World. It rocks!
HungryJoe Gristknife from Under the Tree
Gristknife
Mar 28th 2011 at 3:07:29 PM

Charlie Tunoku is a lover and a fighter.
DarkDecapodian The Prodigal Returns from the fold
The Prodigal Returns
Mar 28th 2011 at 8:42:48 PM

'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

Aww, did I hurt your widdle fee-fees?
drunkscriblerian Street Writing Man from Castle Geekhaven Relationship Status: In season
Street Writing Man
Mar 28th 2011 at 11:47:57 PM

Modern life confuses me. ('79, I've got the right)

If I were to write some of the strange things that come under my eyes they would not be believed. ~Cora M. Strayer~
InverurieJones '80s TV Action Hero from North of the Wall. Relationship Status: And they all lived happily ever after <3
'80s TV Action Hero
Mar 29th 2011 at 11:47:53 AM

@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

'All he needs is for somebody to throw handgrenades at him for the rest of his life...'
Astrosimi Astronomically Awesome from God's Waiting Room Relationship Status: LA Woman, you're my woman
Astronomically Awesome
Mar 29th 2011 at 1:13:25 PM

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".

MEPT72 Vote is No from Boston, MA
Vote is No
Mar 29th 2011 at 1:28:56 PM

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.

Obligatory self promotion: http://unemployedacademic.tumblr.com/
Wicked223 from Death Star in the forest
Mar 29th 2011 at 1:48:18 PM

A good EMP would benefit them enormously; they'd have to develop things like muscles and social skills.

Bah, social skills are overrated.

You can't even write racist abuse in excrement on somebody's car without the politically correct brigade jumping down your throat!
zam Last Boy on Earth from Orlando, FL . Relationship Status: Heisenberg unreliable
Last Boy on Earth
Mar 29th 2011 at 1:52:57 PM

[up]But muscles aren't.

All of time and space, anywhere and everywhere, any star that ever was. Where do you want to start?
Wicked223 from Death Star in the forest
Mar 29th 2011 at 1:53:21 PM

Only slightly.

You can't even write racist abuse in excrement on somebody's car without the politically correct brigade jumping down your throat!
DarkDecapodian The Prodigal Returns from the fold
The Prodigal Returns
Mar 29th 2011 at 1:56:59 PM

[up][up] Only until the mech-suit becomes standard and everyone's atrophying happily in a titanium shell of death./wishful thinking

Aww, did I hurt your widdle fee-fees?
zam Last Boy on Earth from Orlando, FL . Relationship Status: Heisenberg unreliable
Last Boy on Earth
Mar 29th 2011 at 2:07:53 PM

[up]Aww yes but we are still a few years off from the mech suits.

All of time and space, anywhere and everywhere, any star that ever was. Where do you want to start?
InverurieJones '80s TV Action Hero from North of the Wall. Relationship Status: And they all lived happily ever after <3
'80s TV Action Hero
Mar 29th 2011 at 2:47:13 PM

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.

'All he needs is for somebody to throw handgrenades at him for the rest of his life...'
Astrosimi Astronomically Awesome from God's Waiting Room Relationship Status: LA Woman, you're my woman
Astronomically Awesome
Mar 29th 2011 at 3:42:37 PM

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

Alkthash Was?
Was?
Mar 29th 2011 at 10:02:58 PM

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.

zam Last Boy on Earth from Orlando, FL . Relationship Status: Heisenberg unreliable
Last Boy on Earth
Mar 31st 2011 at 10:26:11 AM

So the main problem here is technology and our dependency on it but that could be said of every new generation.

All of time and space, anywhere and everywhere, any star that ever was. Where do you want to start?

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