Join Date: May 2010
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
It's not just distractions though. Younger people have been so validated their entire lives that their existence is very much all about them.They can feel what they want to feel, and think how they want to think and it's all validated because it's all about them. Many of the common courtesies we were raised into are more and more rare. Again, this is not to paint all with the same brush. This "me first" attitude doesn't work well in a co-operative environment like our roads. Especially when the environment gets competitive ... which is constant. Many accidents aren't accidents at all, but rather a result from a complete disregard for others sharing the road.
This "me first" attitude limits personal productivity and ambition to better one's self. Earn the cash to purchase the things to enjoy. Those material thinks have become very much more about small social circles and larger social media circles than satisfying a need to just get away and fly free for a while.
At 14 I couldn't wait to get my learner's permit, and 16 my drivers license. A bike as soon as I could afford one. My own apartment ASAP. I wanted my independence ASAP!. Somehow more and more young people care not for independence, life is far too good at home, where the tail often wags the dog. I (we) love my son, and believe he loves me (us), but he cannot wait to graduate college and get out on his own. This is how it should be. At home there are rules, and he must contribute with his efforts. The household is very much a team effort. As much as I'll miss him when he leaves, it is as it should be. A 30 year old man living in the basement is not how it oughtta be. Because of this desire, he bought his own car, pays his own insurance, bought his own bike, does his own maintenance, gets is backside to school every day, works hard for his 4.0 GPA, and can't wait to start his independent life. Such haste for the young to become independent is far less common than it was for boomers or even Gen-X ers.
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