"The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they allow disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children now are tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.â??
That’s a quote attributed to Socrates by Plato, although some may disagree. When someone whines about our current young generation, this quote is used as a rebuttal, as in, our young generation is not the worst ever because this is something that old people always say about young people.
But no other generation, ever, has grown with such amount of commodities and immediate gratification sources like today’s. I know that life in the corrupted decaying society of the western world still beats living in most underdeveloped countries (the amount of hungry people, even today, is way too high).
I don’t have Facebook or Twitter or anything similar, but I can’t deny that I’m addicted to internet and it’s becoming a disease, a subtle one that is draining my emotional energy and stopping me from enjoying some activities that I used to enjoy a lot more in the past.
It wasn’t like that a few years ago, but office work means 8 hours with some spare time, which means that I have to fill those voids with something…and that’s internet browsing. Googling something leads me to 10 different links…and these 10 links have hyperlinks with more things to read. Wikipedia? I start to read something in particular and end with 30 different links open of different topics. I’m actively seeking new things to read, new sources of dopamine. Newspapers, forums, etc. It’s a vice loop, a vicious circle. The more the best is fed, the hungrier it seems to be…
Not planning to make this thread about myself though, as I’m starting to take steps to stop this. And yes, I’m aware of the irony of talking about internet addiction and dopamine seeking while creating a thread in a forum and probably checking time to time for answers.
So I wonder how it is going to be in the future, with people very used to social media, to get their self-worth from likes, follows, comments or whatever. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think that 14 years old kids should have smartphones…
I won’t even get started with the posture issues that affect pretty much every single office worker. Shoulders rolled forward, uneven torso, winged scapula, hyperlordosis, kyphosis, head forward, etc.
So, do you think that at some point the health concerns will start to take over? That this will be a bubble that will inflate until it explodes and then we try to go back to some old times somehow?
I know that many GAL regulars are older than me and grew up away from computers, but what about the younger ones?