Friday, March 31, 2023

The Problem With Kids These Days

 ... is they had us for parents.

OK, that's hyperbole, but I had to share this idea that popped into my head recently.

You know those essays about how Gen-Z is all horked up? Here's one, chosen because it was the top hit on my Google search and I'm lazy. Here's a tidbit.

The reality of Gen Z is that they are indecisive, leading them to be easily influenced by social media, a defining point of this generation. Gen Z interacts with the world differently than every other generation so far has been able to, and the early access to everything only amplifies that.

All of us curmudgeons love nothing better than to criticize the young folk. It's a time-honored tradition for curmudgeons since the curmudgeon first appeared on Earth.

Here's the idea that hit me. Imagine your Gen-Z loser son is 20. They live at home, smoke weed, play video games and watch porn. They have a subsistence-level job, no girlfriend and no ambition. A common theme in your conversations is your exasperated listing of his faults, always starting with, "You know what's wrong with you? Here's what's wrong with you ..."

Now imagine having that same conversation when your son was 4. It would start with, "You know what's going to be wrong with you? Here's what's going to be wrong with you ..."

The image of that conversation made me laugh. :-)

I hope you have a great day.

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