Why does it feel like the morals of today's youth get worst with each generation?
Each generation seems to get lazier, more disrespectful, and feel like they are owed something. I know it is not everyone but it is the majority, if this pattern is not changed what will the world turn into in 20 or 50 years?
Unless you travel around the world frequently, I wouldnt be surprised if that "majority" is primarily in the US rather than the whole world.
As for the why part, its probably because taking away the phone for a day is considered discipline now. I lived with my relatives just a few years ago and at the time their son was around 9 or 10. Their idea of punishing him was no TV for a day, yet within a few hours they would let him watch it anyway because he had a show come on that he "couldnt miss".
Anyone who so much as slaps the hand of their kid is considered barbaric now for whatever reason. Im only 20 and thats rather depressing to see...
I think a lot of it is perception, really. I'm not sure how you could prove that today's youth is more disrespectful than say, the youth 50 years ago. I think we all have positive views of our own generations and find kids/teenagers to be more annoying, more rude, more aggressive, etc. because we're adults and can recognize the poor behaviour easily.
I think you can make a fair argument for laziness because people haven't quite gotten a grasp on using technology as a learning tool rather than a time waster. When kids get bored now you can just hand them a tablet or cell phone and they have a show or a game to keep them occupied while sitting still. I'm guilty of doing this with my daughter, too, but I also make a conscious effort to get her outside and do something active more often than not.
I guess I'm not sure what you mean by feeling they're owed something - owed what, exactly?
I think it has something to do with the fact that today, both parents often work and kids are left on their own at a much younger age than ever before. Less supervision, more experimenting with trouble.
I think that most kids of every generation are a bit rebellious, but I also think that discipline is getting more relaxed as time goes on because it takes a lot of time and effort, which is one thing that people are getting less and less of.
Both parents feel they have to work more to achieve the American dream, so they have their kids in after school programs or with a babysitter who just can't give the children the care like a father or mother. Parents also spend more time commuting because we are moving further away from our workplaces as suburbs pop up in areas that were formerly for farming.
At the same time, kids activities also take more and more time, so when a parent gets home after a day of driving around, the last thing they want to do is manage their kids. So they keep them inside where they think they are safe and stick them in front of a tv or a computer, which is where kids are getting their life lessons from.
All this is assuming parents are married; single parenting compounds these problems even more.
I always hear people say that kids are changing, but the reality is that it is the parents who are changing with every generation.
Every generation thinks that the generation after it is lazy, disrespectful, and has things easier. It doesn't mean that things are getting worse. It just means that, when we get old, we can't relate to what younger generations are experiencing.
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