Skip to comments.Young people tune out older standards
Posted on 06/21/2006 5:22:41 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
SAN DIEGO (UPI) -- A California psychologist says young people have become increasingly indifferent to the impression they make on others.
Jean Twenge, the author of "Generation Me," teaches at San Diego State University. She gathered data from surveys taken between 1958 and 2001 by more than 40,000 youngsters. They featured questions aimed at whether the respondents always said "please" and "thank you" or were careful to dress appropriately.
Twenge says that 76 percent of children aged 8 to 12 in 1999 were indifferent to social approval, up from 57 percent in 1970. Among those who were already in college in 2001, who are now young adults, 62 percent were indifferent, up from 56 percent in 1970.
Other psychologists and people who work with youngsters told USA Today that their experience matches Twenge's data. Sherry Turkle, a psychologist and sociologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, blamed the increased use of cell phones and similar devices.
"They're tuned out in some ways to the social graces around them and the people in their lives, in their physical realm, and tuned in to the people they're with virtually," she said.
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No surprise to anyone who works with teenagers.
The word "brat" comes to mind...
"Why can't they be like we were; Perfect in every way? What's the matter with kids today?" :-)
I'm not buying it.
Every teen-ager I see wears a "uniform". They dress similar, they do their hair the same way, they trick up their cars the same way, etc. Somehow I don't think they do this because they are immune to the opinions of their peer group.
All because they are not beaten enough. Physical risk makes one surprisingly attentive.
Decades from now, crotchedy old men and prudish women will be complaining about kids not exposing their boxers, shaving every day, and wearing only the most subtle of piercings.
"All because they are not beaten enough. Physical risk makes one surprisingly attentive."
Beat on the brat
Beat on the brat
Beat on the brat with a baseball bat
Oh yeah, oh yeah, uh-oh.
What can you do?
What can you do?
With a brat like that always on your back
What can you do? (lose?)
Teach your children the horrors of violence.....Beat them harder every day.
"Sherry Turkle, a psychologist and sociologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, blamed the increased use of cell phones and similar devices."
Uhhuh. As always, parenting has absolutely nothing to do with kids' behavior.
Maybe if they listened to "older standards" such as 'The Rat Pack' or Anita Day or even today's Harry Conick or Michael Buble, there would be some hope of saving this current generation? ;)
Based on how I behaved as a young'un, I don't buy the assertion that kids today are any less rude than they were a generation ago. :)
Well, yeah, if you want to bring up old show tunes. But despite the mentioned short comings, their self-esteem is off the scale.
they came because they were sniffing around for his daughter... not because of her father.
When I was young, I didn't care for the old standards either. But as I get older, I find myself listening to Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison much more frequently.
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