It’s no secret that I work with little people. It’s who I converse with on a daily basis. I’m pretty down with all the latest gossip about Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber or “Beebs” as I like to call him. I’m really 100% honest when I saw I’m scared about this generation that is growing up. I’m not going to go for the obvious problems such as the ballooning obesity epidemic, decline in education or the fact that they get PE once every two weeks. I want to touch on a few things that really bother me on the day to day basis.
First….they are attached to screens.
If I had a dollar (oh shoot now I’m aging myself with one liners like this) for every time I walked into a room and had to take some sort of device out of a kids hand myself…..I would be rich. Additional points if they cried when I did it. More if they were over the age of 12 and bonus round if the parents said to them “she just needs to listen you can get it right back“.
Also since most schools are doing away with daily PE (I mean c’mon kids really need that hour to run around for not only their physical health but mental health as well). They will never fully understand the sheer joy of running into that squeaky floored gym space and seeing this laid out on the floor.
I mean tell me your heart did not just speed up when you saw this! Weren’t those parachute days the most epic PE classes ever (well except when you had to put it away…..the folding of that thing was a beast).
The Songs That Are On the Radio Now Are Insanely Bad
Case in point. This song just makes me angry. I mean honestly how can this even be played on the radio. It is insulting to my intelligence. I tried to google and see how old this girl was and surprise surprise no one would tell me. Have y’all heard this song yet? “Unscrew U” Rachele Royale (honestly enough “e’s” in her name right….super different). LIKE REALLY??? Unscrew….oh I get it….nice play on words there…..really smart. I stab at the buttons on my car to change it whenever it comes on.
This song makes me all kinds of irrationally angry. Like I want to petition every single station that plays this garbage and tell them to immediately stop burning my ears with this ludicrous song.
There Are No Winners and No Losers Anymore
Ummmmm yes there is. Keep on telling the kids that everyone is a winner and see what happens when they don’t get that first job interview. Not everybody is equal. I mean there are certainly things that everybody is good at and some things that people are not good at. For example….I am very good at falling up stairs. It is a skill that does not come easy to everyone. I mean anyone can fall down the stairs but it takes a whole different skill set to fall up them.
They Idolize Extremely Good Role Models
I mean….the edgiest person I followed was JC….he was the “bad boy” of the group am I right?
They Go Out To Dinner More Than They Eat In
Mark and I were at a really nice sushi restaurant when we were in Gainesville and I had to endure the whining of a six year old boy who was spitting out his yellowtail sashimi because it tasted “fishy”.
I kid you not. At this point Mark started to get loud about what was “homeboys expectation of eating raw fish…..that is was going to taste like chicken
“. I mean I never went out to dinner growing up except for the occasional special outing to the Ninety Nine restaurant
(New England shoutout
) or like graduation dinner.
I’m still holding out hope that this is not real.
Last Thing……Social Media
I mean Junior High was hard enough with surviving 3 way calling (I’m still haunted by being “dumped” on one of those) but can you imagine growing up with the 12 year old Mean Girls and the constant barrage of all the various social media outlets?
I shudder to think about the damaging effects of things like creating hate Facebook pages or the viral uploads of poor decision making.
Now I’m sure the generation above me felt the same scary thoughts about us when we grew up and I think I turned out pretty darn well so I am hanging onto the glimmer of some hope. What things scare you about this generation growing up? Do you think it’s any different then when we were or do you feel like this?