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The lives of the young
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Posted 2/20/12 , edited 2/20/12
Why is it that so many young ppl ages 16-25 have such a hard time getting a jump start on life? You many ppl who do nothing with themselves but sit at home watching tv. 1 In 4 ppl in America dont exercise at all but rather sit at home watching ppl play sports or watch these dumb reality shows. You basically just sit back watching celebrities enjoy their lives. Another thing I want to cover is that half of the young have the energy to work jobs but choose not to work but rather sit at home and play video games. I also want to talk about the low self esteem in young Americans, why are so many of them depressed? Last but not least, are we too obsessed with these social networking sites which absorbs us away from reality?



But what do you all think of youth that were raised sheltered? Are their personalities weird along with social awkwardness?
Posted 2/20/12 , edited 2/20/12
Laziness accommodates me too well.
Posted 2/20/12
If you want to talk about it, talk about it. Don't let us hold you back o.0

Our generation in general (not everyone of course) seems to be "laid back" when it comes to reality. I would usually place the blame on parents, seen as they are the reason most kids are fucked up, but everyone? That means that our parents parents brought up their children wrong, and their parents brought them up wrong and.... Arrrrg! It's all our monkey mothers fault!
But yeah, I don't know the actual reason.

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I don't know about americans but here is my opinion from a brit point of view:

* As long as we don't become obese, we shouldn't have to exercise fanatically
* Simple pleasures like tv and video games are fine as long as they are not your whole life
* A lot of people think young people are lazy because many are unemployed. I don't about America but the fact is in the UK it is actually very difficult for young people to get a job even if you really are eager to work.
* low self-esteem in young people is usually from how competitive it is being young. There is constant peer pressure to be the best looking, the thinnest, the most popular, and follow what is considered "cool".
* Social networking sites can be very damaging. It is ok to have accounts and use them. But some people do get too absorbed. However, there are some young people who are not. And it is important to remember that not all sites are bad. Sites like facebook are the most damaging and so give all social networking sites a bad name.
Posted 2/20/12
As for the "sitting at home" thing, I believe that the technology and electronics these days are what absorbs us. Some teenagers actually may want to do something in their lives and would time themselves(i.e: "Oh, I'm gonna stay online for 30 minutes and that's it.), but time just passes by! Or sometimes, they'd give themselves "a bit of extra time". But you know how badly that works out for us xD
And a lot of teens/young adults may be depressed most of the time because of peer pressure, cyberbullying, lack of attention, etc. I think they all have their own reasons
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Ignore that retarded whore two posts above, it's easy to get a job, she's just lazy.

Anyways, @thread: Lol, it's a good life.
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But what do you all think of youth that were raised sheltered? Are their personalities weird along with social awkwardness?
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I'd like to take you seriously, but Naruto avatar won't let me.
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Look everyone has an anime avatar so it really doesnt matter. That's not even Naruto thats just a random character from the show.
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h202 is asking a really good question. I think part of the problem is that it is getting harder and less common for young people to take jobs - after someone has worked and gets to enjoy earning money - they don't stick around doing nothing later.

I think our parents are hurting us by taking care of things for too long.
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And you, a 15 year old, would know? Just watch the news.
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I think everyones answer is correct but what can we do to solve these issues?
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I think technology makes it REALLY hard to kids to go outside and a little bit of parental paranoia too. For example my Dad gets upset with my little brother sometimes because all he does is play video games and go on Facebook like all day long instead of getting exercise so my Mom got him a Wii,but he doesn't use it all. But i guess i understand my brother a little bit cause i mean why go outside when there's more interesting things at home on your computer desk/lap top. Even if my brother wanted to go outside my mom probably wouldn't let him because she's beyond paranoid at the fact that someone is gonna kidnap him and gonna end up dead somewhere,cause they're so many sickos out there.

As for the whole self conscious and depression thing. If you look at whats on TV is there really a reason not to be self conscious? I think that when someone is self conscious they can easily get depressed and become a introvert and if you find it hard to interact with people in real life there's always social networking. Being on Facebook or wherever all the time is not good at all for anyone's mental health.

Kids are hella lazy and its not like its gonna get any better anytime soon
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Well you kind of bring up a lot of issues and I'm going to just probably post a little at a time. For now I'll focus on these questions. I am young, but I'm going to post objectively.:
"I also want to talk about the low self esteem in young Americans, why are so many of them depressed?"

Many of the questions you ask apply to all ages now...but the concern is that the young shouldn't be settling into such lazy patterns now...This is the time where youths are supposed to want to branch out from home, can't wait to get a job, or some type of advancement.

There are many reasons why youths have either a late start..or never progress at all: I'll just list a few.

1. Their parents enable them....They think nothing of a 15/16 year playing games all day and talking on the phone, dismissing it as teenage years. But when the teenager is 18..they suddenly expect them to be responsible...Its not an overnight process. Parents need to make sure they that their children know a trade before they turn 18 or that their children know what will be required of them.

2. Parents aren't taking an interest in the youth.How can someone know how to make it thru life with out a good authority figure showing an example. Or someone actually parenting them by giving them guidance thru life. And this leads to a lack of motivation.

3. Pure and simple laziness...You complain that life is not going well for you, yet you're not doing nothing to get it started...This is not for people who tried, and are having a rough time...When life throws things your way and it isn't working out, its normal to go thru a depression stage so to speak...I'm talking about ones who are not even trying.
Yeah there is a shortage of jobs..but are you just listening to the news and making half-hearted attempts at applying for employment? Its a full-time job even to look for a career! And even if you can't find one the government is practically throwing away free money for education right now.

And even then, if you can't find a job, or school just didn't work for you, at least you will have the knowledge that you tried...That depression that youths feel? Its not depression...It's the heavy weight of feeling like a failure because they didn't even try!

4. Dissatisfied with reality. There are some youths that are depressed because they see many celebrities and reality stars even younger than them living "the life". And they feel that they can never go that far, and are most likely working hard themselves...So some get depressed because they want to give up because they feel like they are not living the life they deserve. They don't feel pretty enough, or smart enough, or rich enough. So its like "why bother?"

And I'd like to state for the record, that being a loner and lonely has nothing to do with you not making progress in life and devoting every free moment to games or internet, or whatever other outlet to escape from the "real world".Because being a a loner and lonely has nothing to do with at least getting your life started...Many of the young generation are trying to get their life together, yet how can you get something together that you never even took initiave to start?

^This post does not imply that there are not valid reasons for youths to be depressed...For myself as a teen I used to battle depression because I never felt "good enough' "smart enough". I had all these pressures put on me, and when I didn't take premed I got a lot of backlash from family and friends

.The only one that can be controlled that I listed is Number 3..The rest are external factors that youths don't have much control over...There still is no excuse because many have worked with less than ideal situations and had a start...but there can be understanding on why those youths life is currently stagnant.

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I have lived as a Hikikomori for about 5 years now and i'm 19 years old this April, My reasons for this was from school. When I was 15 there was an inceident that caused me to not want to leave the house, I go out every 2 weeks to sign on at the job center. All of my free time goes on Internet or Playstation, The reason for me not leaving the house still affects me, When i'm actully outside I wonder affter all this time if im safe on the streets or in town. I stay at my house because I feel safe there.
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