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The lives of the young
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Eh.. i've been working since i was 16, and have worked full time in a tech job for a year now. Most of my friends are either at really good universities, or junior colleges waiting to transfer. The only lazy friends i have/had were stoners who only talked about what they were PLANNING* on doing but were too busy smoking pot to even take a big step forward (they are either now still at a junior college with almost no credits, or working in a dispensary with no real actions to benefit their future.)

Myself, i found the college route wasn't for me. Doesn't mean i'm lazy, it just means that i didn't follow our society's norm.
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MewMewcherry01 wrote:


h202 wrote:

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?


Personally i think ppl are taking this whole "generational depravity" thing a bit too seriously. I thing people are demoralizing a generation of kids based on the values of times past. Of course teenagers of today have issues, but teenagers have always worried other generations. In the fifties parents were worried about daughters going to college in stead of getting married, the sixties people probably worried about their kids going to vietnam or being hippies or something. Heck, even in the nineties there was the whole grunge thing and gay-bashing and whatnot. If you ask me, the only difference between these problems and the last generation's is that these involve a more technology-immersed group and the information age isn't really like anything we've ever been through. I think we all need to chill and stop pointing fingers. Yes, there are problems, but just because they're different doesn't mean they're worse.
Moreover, frankly I'm fairly insulted by the way you're clumping teens together. I for one don't give a flying fart about celebs and I barely know who any of them are. I don't even watch t.v. that much. And if suicide rates and depression are up it's not because of some new phenomena but because of the same issues teens have always fought- LGBTQ kids being told that they're ungodly freaks by virtually everyone, young women being exposed to unrealistic projections of "beauty", teens being abused in the home for whatever reason- even just kids feeling sensitive and alienated because they don't learn that "Different" doesn't equate "bad" until college.
As far as jobs go, I can tell you right now that I know A LOT of kids that would KILL for a job but can't because of a crappy economy or because their parents won't let them. A lot of kids don't get jobs because they need to focus on school work.

I don't know that you mean to demean my generation, but you are, and I don't like the way you generalize. In my opinion, teenagers are more diverse than ever today, largely because of the social networking. Not going outside doesn't make us shut-ins, it just means we connect to others in a different way. And again, yes this generation has problems with mindlessness and stupidity but honestly I don't see that many adults that are much better. Statistics or not, I don't like the way you sound like you're writing us all off because of the actions of a few. If I'm getting the wrong impression of your post I apologize but you could have worded that better at the very least.


Ok well I didnt mean to generalize the post. I didnt say "all" because saying "all" means literally everyone. I used the words some, half and many. That means I'm about either the majority or I could be talking about a particular group of teens and ppl in those age groups. And another thing MewMewcherry0 like I dont how many my post youve seen in the forum but I'm not trying to be offensive to anyone. Some of you are so sensitive automatically thinking that ppl are trying attack certain when they are not.
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Is there anyone else who finds this post offensive?
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The reason that the young ones are like this, is... Well, the media. Somehow, your own group of friends isn't as important as your computer, your tv, your game console or your mp3-player. I remember playing outside with 10-15 children in my neighbourhood, it was Summer break, already 10 PM and our parents were getting worried and came looking for us. We were still happily playing outside. My little brother doesn't want to go outside no matter what, he prefers sitting inside playing games on our PC and if we tell him to stop, he'll move from PC to TV or goes to his room with the Nintendo DS. There is no need for friends any more, because media provides you with 'fun'.
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YoruichiYachiru wrote:

The reason that the young ones are like this, is... Well, the media. Somehow, your own group of friends isn't as important as your computer, your tv, your game console or your mp3-player. I remember playing outside with 10-15 children in my neighbourhood, it was Summer break, already 10 PM and our parents were getting worried and came looking for us. We were still happily playing outside. My little brother doesn't want to go outside no matter what, he prefers sitting inside playing games on our PC and if we tell him to stop, he'll move from PC to TV or goes to his room with the Nintendo DS. There is no need for friends any more, because media provides you with 'fun'.


It also provides you with "friends."
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Do you guys think that since everybody is putting their lives in the hands of computer and television will it affect how they socialize with ppl in reality? The way ppl socialize with ppl over the internet is almost as instant as talking with someone in person. The difference is that you tell someone's tone of mood when talking but online that's nearly impossible so you have certain acronyms to show your state of mood or sarcasm. Thats something else because ppl complain reality sucks but if they just accept everything for what it is, maybe we wouldnt have so many introverts and anti social ppl. Isolation creates these types of ppl
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Well correct if I'm wrong about my last comment.
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Posted 2/21/12
Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway. trolol
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Why is it that so many young ppl ages 16-25 have such a hard time getting a jump start on life?
As the market for jobs turns away from "unskilled" labor it becomes harder for someone within a certain age range to find employment, this varies depending on the local economy and location/country, it's also problematic the older you become, I'm 23 and can't get employment in the casual unskilled market because I (by law) need to be paid more than someone who is 15 or 16 (to do the same job). The reason I talk about employment is, many people need money and stability to "get a jump start on life" and a job provides that early on.

Why are so many of them depressed?
Many people claim to be depressed yet don't quite understand what depression is, many people use the word to express a feeling of sadness, loneliness or feeling down while never actually being diagnosed as having depression. That's not to say that many people 16-25 aren't depressed, just saying that theres a difference between feeling down and clinical depression.

Are we too obsessed with these social networking sites which absorbs us away from reality?
From my experience, the people who are obsessed with social networking are 30+ house wives who play the games on Facebook, as for younger people, no. I say no mainly because it's not so much an obsession with the technology but more an obsession with popularity or "I can be an internet celebrity too" syndrome, many people collect "friends" on Facebook (and other sites) but are friends with only a handful of people, and this gives some people a certain feeling of being a minor celebrity in their own world.

What do you all think of youth that were raised sheltered?
There's a difference between sheltered but still aware of reality and sheltered but unaware of reality, those who are unaware will suffer "culture shock" and be forced to rapidly adapt or sink, those who are aware... Well that differs between individuals. I wasn't sheltered while growing up, and I turned out to be somewhat messed up, so that isn't to say that being somewhat sheltered isn't a bad thing.

Are their personalities weird along with social awkwardness?
This question is really relative to the individual rather than a group and should probably be judged as such.

As far as I'm concerned, part of our generations problems relate to the massive quantity of information we have stored, which creates a great ability to multitask (which human minds aren't designed to do), and that leads to a prevalence of shallow thinking (shallow as in not thinking deeply about things in life) which causes many of us to act upon the first "decent" idea we have which usually isn't the "best" idea, to give an analogy in relation to writing: "The first idea an author has is cliche, the second idea is cliche, the third is also cliche, each idea has to be reworked and rethought many many times before you get something that hasn't been done before". The last problem our generation has (that I'm putting here) is that we are the "instant gratification" generation, how can you tell? Ever seen the "get ripped fast" or "get a flat tummy in 3 easy steps" ads? Those are targeted at us because we aren't as a generation (doesn't work so well at an individual level) willing to "work" for what we want because we want it now!.

P.S. An intelligent issue on CR forums... I'm shocked.
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Hm now that is interesting
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Ah, sweet memories; standing outside late on fall nights with my neighborhood friends in somebody's backyard. Still barefoot and refusing to admit that summer was over. We'd be freezing our toes off but, no one would go inside to get a jacket as we knew our parents would keep us inside. Eventually the parent in residence would come out and yell at us to go home.

It was physical and fun. Also, it was a middle-class, white-bread world. I was fully an adult before I started meeting and interacting with people of other ethnicities and backgrounds. For real! I like the internet with its plethora of information. There are different kinds of friends in both the corporeal and virtual worlds. It's all real. I like talking with diverse people in both "worlds". Each provides something for our lives. Therefore, I think it's not the social networks but rather obsession which would be a problem.

Gamers can wear headphone-mics and talk to fellow players who are all over the world as they play. Are they isolated?
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I am in high school and my closest friends and I are all depressed, for many different reasons. School makes us feel like we're rotting away. It always feels like we aren't doing good enough even though we always strive to be more cultured and intelligent when we aren't too wrapped up in apathy. We are also at the top of our classes and feel surrounded by shallow high school students who blindly accept the cage that is school/society and their own stupidity without doing anything to improve it. We also constantly see unintelligent people and negative figures in the mediaor just "perfect", "beautiful" ones to make us feel even worse about ourselves. Everything just feels downhill and pointless. Also, since we are so young no one takes our feelings of depression seriously.

...............Just thought you'd want the perspective of lazy depressed youths to supplement your discussion. :p

edit: Also, we aren't just teenagers that go around saying they're depressed because they want attention or they're just kind of sad
I have been depressed for over a year already.. but no, i have not gone to the psychologist or been officially diagnosed either.
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Posted 2/21/12
That is so sad but I can imagine what some of you are going through
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Is there anyone else with their own life story or stories about ppl they know that can be referenced to what I'm asking about here?
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I'm 13 and take AP classes. What now, bitch?
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