Our society has created a generation of extremely lazy youth, or so the general consensus of the youth themselves goes.When questioned about laziness, each of the youth admitted that they themselves are “lazy,” sometimes at least.
Participation in clubs and organizations is dropping, and it seems that an increasing number of young people see not caring as a reason for not trying.
I do not believe that our youth are actually all failing though; I think we are just different. We are exposed to the world in a very different sort of way than the generations before us were. If we want to know something, we can get the information within seconds from the internet.
We do not have to try to receive gratification; it is instantaneous, and this is not necessarily a bad thing. It’s not that we are lazy; it is simply that we do not want to put forth more effort than we need to, it’s human nature.
In the same way we use the internet to find things out, we use it to tell people about who we are. We have learned to treat ourselves like characters on a reality TV show, and social networking has allowed us to draw many parallels to just that. We post pictures and statuses about how interesting our lives are, and we receive followers according to how much other people like what we have to post. This is no different from the way that a celebrity receives fans, only on a much smaller scale.
This doesn’t seem like such a horrible thing until we look inside our youth and past all the artificial status updates and exciting photos. The truth is that our youth are experiencing the same pressures, if not more, of every teen generation before them, but now they have to share that experience with the world and have to constantly be at their very best.
This pressure to always be so perfect makes it easier for teens to claim that they, “don’t care,” or that they are “lazy,” because you aren’t as vulnerable from that position.
When questioned, each of the teens answered that they still see education as an important part of their futures. So, it’s not that they are actually throwing away what they have; it’s just that they need something to hide behind in the jungle of high school, and claiming to not care and watching massive amounts of television gives them just that: It’s the equivalent to the 60’s rock n’ roll rebellion. Teens just need something to let them know that they’re okay, when media keeps telling them they aren’t good enough.