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What is Happening to the World?

Updated on February 7, 2013

Did you notice how our world has changed in the last 15 years? It’s not as if it hadn't been changing before, but the changes we see today seem to be more drastic. Many of those changes have a negative impact on our lives and it appears to be spinning out of control.

Consumerism

It seems as if the world has gone mad about shopping, everyone wants to possess and possess a lot. Looking at the young generation I get an impression that without regular trips to shops they wouldn't know what to do with themselves in their free time. Why constantly buying new cloths, accessories, shoes and even unneeded stuff became so important?

Money spending developed into one of the main entertainments for people. Even the day after Christmas is now ultimately consumed by shopping mania. As the matter of fact, for some people shopping became a real addiction of which they are aware, but don’t know how to kick the habit.

Materialism

As a big brother of consumerism came materialism. It is so sad to observe how we stopped appreciating real human values like kindness, politeness, dignity, honesty, true feelings. Those values got replaced with the good look, wealth, power, fame, usefulness, and connections in the world.

Real friendship seems to be losing its worth. These days people incline to look at friendship with prospective, seeking to make only useful friends. No longer are people interested in friendship to keep each other company, for support or conversations. The type of friendship we remember from the old days has gone downhill.

Child behaviour

Degradation in children’s behaviour is alerting. Children no longer respect their parents and appreciate what they are given. It’s a paradox that the more parents try to give to their children the less their effort is appreciated. Demands from children grow a way too fast and too high. Children don’t like getting small presents at Christmas or birthdays any more, now presents have to be impressive and expensive as a proof of their parent’s love.

It’s astonishing, how much aggression, rudeness, disobedience and carelessness comes from youngsters nowadays and it seems to be only growing. The reason for all this is merely the wrong child upbringing and laid back attitude from parents’ side.

Morality

There has been a significant shift in moral code as well. Just look at how openly we speak about sex. Have you noticed how careless and casual our attitude to it became and how much lessen the people’s concern of faithfulness in the relationship?

Being in a supermarket where parents come to do shopping with children, it comes as a shock to me to see ‘adult’ magazines being placed in the front row. Television has also become completely uncensored. Look at what advertisements and music videos show us – hardly dressed ladies with man and the central subjects are sex and sexuality. What used to be considered intimate in the past became completely exposed at present time. There is certainly nothing wrong with sex, it’s a natural act and is an inseparable part of our lives, yet the fact that it has lost its privacy factor is bothering. Today children learn ‘adult’ things too early and then we are surprised with the growing number of teenage pregnancies.

Technology

While we are all winning with the great development of technology as it’s making our lives easier and providing us with entertainment, we also suffer from it. These days, children prefer spending time at home in front of the computer than playing outside with friends. For this reason, physical condition of youngsters is noticeably deteriorating; exercising and physical activity becomes less and less popular among them.

Situation with adults isn't any better. We spend too much time in front of TV screens because it offers us so many interesting movies and programs which we obviously can’t miss. Our lives are seemed to be more static and sedentary than ever.

Cars also turned for people from the way of convenient mobility to the reason of severe laziness. People stopped taking walks even to the nearest places; everywhere suddenly became too far to walk. We don’t even realise that with bringing more comfort into our lives, we unintentionally bring also damage to it.

What is actually happening to the world and is there a way out of this situation? I personally believe that there is one. We just need to look at our lives from a different perspective and become aware of our mistakes, because awareness is the first step to changes.

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      Dina Blaszczak 5 years ago from Poland

      @James A Watkins Thank you James for reading and commenting, much appreciated! Glad there are people who share my feelings.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you very much for this terrific Hub. I agree with you 100%.

      Materialism has two meanings—but one leads to the other. The first definition of materialism is: "The theory that physical matter is the only reality and that everything, including thought, feeling, mind, and will, can be explained in terms of matter and physical phenomena."

      This has been drilled into children's heads in the USA since the 1970s from the time they are 5 years old by our educational system. This worldview naturally leads to the other kind of materialism—the kind you lamented in your article.

      Your Hub is great. Welcome to the HubPages Community!

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      Dina Blaszczak 5 years ago from Poland

      @Saleen18 Thank you for reading my hub, I'm glad you are sharing my thoughts.

      @Deb Welch Thanks a lot for reading my hub and voting it up, much appreciated!

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      Deb Welch 5 years ago

      You have said it all and very well. Movie ratings today - to me are totally changed - R = X, PG-13 = R, PG = PG-13. Friends are users - money borrowers - car lifts - etc. People shop unconsciously - just buy whether they need it or not. Junk up! Voted this Hub Up, Useful, Awesome and Interesting.

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      Saleeln18 5 years ago from Illinois

      This is a very nice hub, I really enjoyed it.

      It's very true what you are saying here; it seems with each new generation the technology and resources may increase and improve but the morality and character seem to be steadily declining in many people nowadays.

      Anyways, great job.