I don't want to depress you, but here are some thought-provoking items about "young people today". 1. "Children who can't cook ... can't sew ... can't save" <http://news.scotsman.com/uk.cfm?id=21112005> "A new generation of children is growing up as 'life incompetents', unable to sew, care for their clothes, or even realise that potatoes are boiled before being mashed... A combination of a cosseted lifestyle and being raised by parents who are barely more competent than the children is to blame" 2. "Under 30s 'shun saving'" <http://money.guardian.co.uk/saving/story/0,1456,1219608,00.html> "The majority of young people fail to save regularly and spend their money on alcohol, fast food and mobile phones instead" 3. "Generation Y keys in boomer-sized debt" <http://smh.com.au/articles/2003/11/21/1069027327076.html> "Telephone bills are a big cause of financial difficulty for more than a third of young consumers seeking help from financial counsellors, with mobile phone debts of thousands of dollars disproportionately hitting 18 to 24 year-olds" 4. "Teen generation will be 'world's sickest adults'" <http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/12/09/ nteen09.xml> "The present generation of children and teenagers will turn into the most obese and infertile adults in the history of mankind, doctors warned yesterday" 5. "The children who won't grow up" <http://www.spiked-online.com/Articles/00000006DE8D.htm> "Peter Pan-demonium, kidults, boomerang kids.... A sociologist examines the phenomenon of lost boys and girls hanging out on the edge of adulthood" 6. "More than half men 'still children' at 30" <http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1042017.html> "Two surveys in Britain and America have both concluded that today's children are more likely to reach 'proper' adulthood some times in their thirties rather than at 18" 7. "Grown up at 21? No way" <http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20030508-013708-6544r> "A University of Chicago study indicates most Americans think it takes several more years for one to become an official grown-up" The malaise may not be restricted to "young people". It seems everyone nowadays want to be "forever young". The following article compares the way adults dress now to how their counterparts dressed in the middle of last century. "The Perpetual Adolescent (And the triumph of the youth culture)" <http://www.weeklystandard.com/Utilities/printer_preview.asp? idArticle=3825&R=C3D0C5AD> "The ideal almost everywhere is to seem young for as long as possible. The health clubs and endemic workout clothes, the enormous increase in cosmetic surgery (for women and men), the special youth-oriented television programming and moviemaking, all these are merely the more obvious signs of the triumph of youth culture"
Friday, January 28, 2005
Posted by Bruno at 9:03pm