The thing I hate the most about the youngest generation of adults has just been proven to me this last fortnight. They have a disease!
It’s called isolation disease.
It seems that teenagers are suffering from the inability to have manners, language and communication skills, as well as not being able to physically work.
Should we blame it on technology?
I was unfortunate to host a 19 year old Japanese University student. This is the first time I have been thankful one of visitors didn’t stay. He had no curiousity about the life in Australia, grunted his replies to me , seemed to have no ambition, didn’t smile or laugh, and didn’t say ‘thank you’ more than he could help it, even when he left. He stayed in his room only to come out and eat, then returned. Didn’t get out of bed until around 10 a.m. – then was probably amazed that I lost the plot with him on occasion and got rather cranky.
If you intend to travel – use the experience to rock your world, open yourself up to new life styles, food and friendships. Be prepared to get involved with your new country, otherwise why would you bother to visit? Get to know the customs of the country you visit, so you don’t offend your hosts. Enjoy the sights, take photos so you can have tangible memories in later life and absorb as much as you can of the differences you see.
Now – don’t get me wrong – not everyone has this problem. Many of our young adults are generous, outspoken and knowledgeable. A pleasure to have around.
But for the few that can’t live without staring at a screen – what is the cure? No penicillin, anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, surgery or herbal medicines like echinacea or rescue remedy will fix the problem.
Do you have any suggestions?
What about those of you who have grown up with the technology? Am I just being an old-fashioned worry-wart and nag? Or is this a common problem for all?
Is it time that we put a halt to the amount of time youngsters look at their screens, whether it be smart-phones, computers, ipads or similar – or is this just a new world I should get used to?
PS – next chapter of ‘In search of the Elusive Panda’ is up on my second page. Also note my catalogue of books. All prices are in $AU. Just message me and we can get one sent to you.
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I don’t know how common the problem is, but I experienced something similar at a wedding 6 years ago. At the reception, we were sitting at a table waiting for the new bride and groom to arrive … and 4 of the wedding party (best man etc) were sitting at the same table. We tried, but couldn’t get any conversation started, because they were all engrossed in their phones … and like your experience … we only got grunts for replies … although we did get an occasional smile. I’m really concerned about it. It’s a major problem these days … although not all young people are like this, way too many are. How will they get anywhere in life? What sort of futures have they got to look forward to? I wish I knew the answer.
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