There's a lot going on in the world today ..... and I'm seriously baffled by our younger generation. I'm old...and probably like every generation before me - they didn't understand my generation either.
What's with.....Selfies....selfies...selfies?? I think, if my mom saw me taking pictures of myself all the time and posting them publicly, she'd whip me in the ass with the selfie stick and tell me to do my homework and finish my chores.
Facebook? Yeah... I have a lot of friends who are coworkers, family, friends. I never accept friends i don't know. I read more than I post. I enjoy keeping in contact with family. Do people really enjoy seeing what other people are having for dinner? Or that their dog took a nap with the cat? OK...a few 'proud parent' moments are OK...but all the time? And I have my own family members who post inspirational Memes constantly....... Is it just me, or doesn't this get OLD?
Whatever happened to opening doors for people? Looking people in the eye and saying HELLO or THANK YOU. ??
It feels like people are so involved with 'themselves' these days. There are people I work with who have such arrogance about them.... when you try to teach them something new, they don't wanna hear it or don't believe you.
Did they really stop teaching cursive writing in schools? How do you sign a check?
Is it true that "Everyone gets a trophy" in the schools?
I have a niece who's 18 years old and her handwriting literally looks like a 3 year olds wrote it. How does that happen??
Is there such a thing as Driver Education anymore? Or does that vary by state? I don't even know if my own state has it.....LOL
Bicycle Safety? About the only safety they push anymore is wearing a helmet. Doesn't anyone teach them the 'rules of the road'? I see kids riding all over the place.
I'd like to think I want to understand the current culture ....and/or the mindset of the younger generation. Old and out of touch.... just curious to hear the responses since we do have a wide range of ages on this forum. Something different to chat about I guess.
I know the younger folks probably think the older folks are 'out of our minds' and out of touch......Of course we are. When you reach our age, you'll be experiencing the same things we are!!
I'm having another beer....CHEERS!!
1. Selfies, I myself don't get them too much. Granted my GF and I snapchat together, lets us see each other more as I am traveling alot for work and she is finishing up college. It is funny though seeing other people do it but don't take it too seriously. I look at it as a form of casual communication.
2. Facebook, I started with myspace in middle/highschool, late high school is when facebook started to take over. It was a way to connect with people, lately though I have grown tired of it. Its turned into political talk, people fighting with one another. If it wasn't for staying in touch with the RC vehicle community I would probably delete it.
3. Generally I know I hold doors often for people but I notice people of all ages not caring anymore (on a positive note I have seen alot of children holding doors open alot!).
4. Cursive, I was taught a bit in elementary. The only memorable time I use cursive was to write a non-cheating statement on the damn SAT tests. For me the only time I used cursive is to sign either documents, checks, or for credit card purchases. Other than signing your name I honestly don't see the point in it.
5. In elementary school/middle school I'd say there is the whole participation trophy, high school I don't remember it. Quite frankly it is stupid, some people win, some people lose.
6. In terms of handwriting, yes mine is also rubbish. I personally look back and see me being forced to write quickly on tests and standardized tests so I could finish in time. It was more important to put something down than make it look nice. After a while it was a habit. On a side note the US is so focused on testing students instead of actually teaching anymore (I have my teaching degree, the whole testing thing is one of many reasons I got out of it, let the damn kids learn!)
7. At my school district we didn't have drivers ED, they didn't have the money for that. They could barely pay to keep things like band, chorus, or the arts (now even that's gone by the way side, again see my response above).
Now its my turn lol
My biggest issue is the stereotypes I often hear about my generation, the millennials. There seems to be such a negative view on younger people. While yes there are those among us that are whiners, smooches, and sleaze balls. I would like someone to show me a generation that didn't/do have these type of people? But most people that I know that are my age are starting careers, lives, families. While yes there are outliers that make all of us look bad but I do see that most of my generation is working hard to prove older people wrong.
Funny thing is, during one of my units during student teaching I focusing on the 50's-60's. I was doing research when I found out that the older generations of the time were stereotyping the baby boomers the same way some baby boomers stereotype millennials (ie, consumerism/narcissistic/etc.). I would also venture that millennials will do the same when we get older. As they say history repeats itself.
Also, in the spirit of this, doesn't our connectivity through mass media and social media play a role in this pessimistic view of the world and ourselves? Has seeing this negativity daily just make us more aware of it so it looks worse now than it did in the past? Just a thought...
"...And the life of man, solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short."-Thomas Hobbes.
That's my response at least, do I get my trophy now?