As I look over this beautiful land
I can’t help but realize that I am alone
Why am I able to waste my energy? To notice life being so beautiful?
Maybe Partying Will Help – The Minutemen
Jean Twenge, the author of “iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy—and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood – and what That Means for the Rest of Us”, recently published an article on the subject of partying, and how teens just aren’t doing it anymore.
On the surface, this doesn’t sound like any type of negative news, particularly when you think in terms of the numbers of kids who are killed or maimed every year due to impaired driving and overall stupid decisions made during or after partying. However, everything has a side-effect, even ones that seem positive at first and second glance.
The basis of her essay really isn’t about partying as we know, but about the basic social skills that are gained from spending time with friends and other people. I learned a great many skills from partying back in the day which have been extremely useful throughout life. At almost every party, you’ll encounter both good and bad people, and good people who go bad from inebriation, but you also learn how to deal with these people and handle difficult situations. A person’s character can be quickly revealed for a plethora of reasons at any party.
“The number of teens who get together with their friends every day has been cut in half in just fifteen years, with especially steep declines recently.”
With a lack of social skills, and an inability to read and understand other people on the most basic levels, these kids are utterly inept and running headlong in to disaster. To them, artificial reality has replaced reality, and they prefer the former, leaving them with empty, isolated worlds that lead to despair and ruin. The rise in suicides, and hardcore drug addiction among youth are the perfect indicators of a lost generation.
Unfortunately, those few kids out there who are intelligent enough to reject the digitized, mass sociopathy that has engulfed this generation, will be completely overwhelmed by the herd.