Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Problem With Young People Today!

What kind of future can America expect as the "Millennials" enter adulthood and the workforce? (Albeit a couple years later than people of my generation did!) Kind of scary isn't it what with their self absorption, their demand to be entertained, and their overall cavalier attitude towards morals, traditions, and the things in life that really matter?

What's a society to do? And in my case, what's a parent to do with four millennials of my own? (I'm not sure what to call my two kids who are still at home.)

I'm glad I'm not the only one keeping a wary and vigilant eye on this troubling demographic in the American landscape.

WASHINGTON, March 30 (UPI) -- Young Americans have a reverence for national institutions, traditions and family values, a U.S. survey indicates. A survey of so-called "millennials" -- those between 21 and 29 -- revealed the group over-whelmingly said they support monogamy, marriage, the U.S. Constitution and the military, The Washington Times reported.

"We were completely surprised. There has been a faulty portrayal of millennials by the media -- television, films, news, blogs, everything. These people are not the self-entitled, coddled slackers they're made out to be. Misnomers and myths about them are all over the place," said Ann Mack, who directed the survey and is the official "director of trend-spotting" at J. Walter Thompson, the nation's largest advertising agency.

In addition to indicating 94 percent of millennials respect monogamy and parenthood and 84 percent revere marriage, the survey found 88 percent said they respect the U.S. Constitution, 84 percent respect the military and more than three-quarters believe in the "American dream."

There it is. The proof I was looking for. Now I can state unequivocally, without any doubt or hesitation whatsoever, what's wrong with young adults today. And it starts with that attitude of theirs. Namely, it just might be a whole lot better than that of my generation!

3 comments:

  1. They respect monogamy, parenthood and revere marriage because they have too many times grown up with out it in their own families. They see first hand the destruction.

    A staggering percentage have suffered through parental divorce and broken homes caused by our generations lack of moral fiber and commitment...carry-overs from the moral depravity of our "Baby Boomer" generation in all its unholy glory.

    The pendulum may just be shifting back to the traditional, the genuine and the trust worthy for a generation that has seen what the hippy generation has sown and reaped through its rebellion. Lets only hope this is true.

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  2. My sympathies are with the good doctor g. The "greatest generation" spawned the "silliest generation" -- the babyboomers. The only thing positive to come out of their years is better civil rights for African Americans -- and I'm not sure how they can take credit for that, seeing that blacks did all the suffering.

    Anyway. The problems left in their wake are too great for young people to handle, in my opinion. The cultural resourses have been squandered. Getting married and staying together require communal support to pull off. As far as I can tell the younger folks still suffer from the self-centered approach to marriage that the boomers do -- its all about my personal happiness. Until we get past that and recognize as a culture that personal happiness is not what marriage is for, then marriages will not make us happy and they won't last.

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  3. If thinking a new thought has any efficacy to create a new behavior there's hope. Unless Mortimus is correct and it's all a smoke screen for the same narcissistic existentialism that is the norm of our generation! :-)

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