When you have teens around you who can share your emotions, you gain emotional strength. A laptop, a tablet, a smartphone, an mp3 player, a flat-screen TV, smart spectacles, smart fridges, smart washing machines, echo dots, talking cars, talking doors, smart doorbells, smart lights, smart walls, smart air conditioners, smart fans, Fitbit, mp4 players, Eardots, smart bikes, XBOXES, PS4s, Nintendo’s, PC Games, Virtual Reality boxes, Augmented Reality sets, set-top boxes.
Mind you, none of these has feelings! Teens don’t have time for other people because of the constant flood of inexpensive gadgets.
It is not their fault that they are emotionally weaker; it is the greed of CORPORATIONS to grab every minute of their lives and sell it to the highest bidder.
For thousands of years, people have moaned about younger generations. In fact, it’s possible that looking down on the generation after you is simply human nature. “For generations, adults have had a tendency to criticize the character of teens,” says Peter O’Connor, a management professor at Queensland Institute of Technology in Australia.
He points out that the stereotype is still alive and strong, with statistics indicating that thousands of Americans believe that “teens these days” lack desirable attributes associated with previous generations. This wasn’t necessarily because today’s youngsters lacked these attributes; rather, the researchers theorized that we project our current selves onto our prior selves. Older folks are automatically comparing who they are today by doing so.
What is it about today’s teens that make the older generations so sensitive? Maybe it’s because they don’t read enough books, spend enough time outside, or appreciate things enough, according to their more senior peers.
It isn’t just today’s adults who believe this. Since the dawn of civilization, elder generations have been bemoaning the decline of teens in some form or another. In the 4th century BC, even Aristotle made fun of young people who assumed they understood everything.
So, why is there so much focus on the next generation? According to research published in Science Advances earlier this month, negative attitudes toward children aren’t always based on their conduct; rather, it’s about how people praise their past and present selves.
He and his collaborator then questioned the participants if they thought modern-day children have the same characteristics. Adults who scored very high in one of the categories tended to regard youngsters today as poor in that category.
If an adult was tagged or self-identified as intelligent, they were more likely to view “youth these days” as less intelligent than they were previously. This, according to Protzko, is because they remembered their younger selves as smarter, whether or not this is accurate. Furthermore, individuals only expressed strong opinions about characteristics with which they were familiar.
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