The Problem With 17-Year-Olds Who Hang Around 17-Year-Olds
Time Magazine recently came out with an article,“The New Greatest Generation”, contending that the idea of seventeen year olds hanging out with seventeen-year olds is a bad idea.
This is why, in every place we went on our tour to Australia and New Zealand, we gave the messages attacking the notions of youth culture and entertainment. We called our messages, “Preparing Boys for Battle and Girls for Dominion,” particularly in view of the fact that, worldwide, youth are caught in a culture of play and non-achievement…their main achievement is to adore themselves. Love for God has been replaced by love of entertainment. When they move into young adulthood, love for children has been replaced with love of toys. We said over and over again, “We were meant to work with tools not play with toys… This message is needed all over the world as the global youth scene is being pickled in its narcissism. We pleaded with our hearers to stop playing games; stop being entertained; stop hanging out; stop adoring yourself and get to work doing something that has meaning. The society at large is no help at all… being content to put young people in educational institutions where they sit at desks for 18 years and have nothing to show for it except a diploma. It should take our breath away.
Even Time Magazine has recognized this reality that exists in the Millinial generation which consists of those born between 1980 and 2000.
They Are a Huge Population Block
“At 80 million strong, they are the biggest age grouping in American history.”
“Millennials are a generation mostly of teens and 20-somethings known for constantly holding up cameras, taking pictures of themselves and posting them online.”
Narcissistic and Lazy
This kind of lifestyle has its consequences, “They are narcissistic, overconfident, entitled and lazy.”
Their frankness regarding the scope of the problem is stated in this way, “Their self-centeredness could bring about the end of civilization as we know it…” The incidence of narcissistic personality disorder is nearly three times as high for people in their 20s as for the generation that’s now 65 or older, according to the National Institute of Health; 58% more college students scored higher on a narcissism scale in 2009 than in 1982. Millennials got so many participation trophies growing up that a recent study showed that 40% believe they should be promoted every two years, regardless of performance.”
They Think They Are Great
“They’re so convinced of their own greatness that the National Study of Youth and Religion found the guiding morality of 60% of millennials in any situation is that they’ll just be able to feel what is right.”
“People are inflating themselves like balloons on Facebook,” says W. Keith Campbell, a psychology professor at the University of Georgia who has written three books about generational increases in narcissism (including When You Love a Man Who Loves Himself).”
“Millennials grew up watching reality-TV shows, most of which are basically documentaries about narcissists.”
Marrying Late – Maturing Late
“The median age for an American woman’s first marriage went from 20.6 in 967 to 26.9 in 2011.”
Anti-Intellectual, Anti-Historical and Anti-Eloquence
“The idea of the teenager started in the 1920s; in 1910, only a tiny percentage of kids went to high school, so most people’s social interactions were with adults in their family or in the workplace. Now that cell phones allow kids to socialize at every hour–they’re living under the constant influence of their friends. “Peer pressure is anti-intellectual. It is anti-historical. It is anti-eloquence,” says Mark Bauerlein, an English professor at Emory, who wrote The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupifies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future… Never before in history have people been able to grow up and reach age 23 so dominated by peers. To develop intellectually you’ve got to relate to older people, older things: 17-year-olds never grow up if they’re just hanging around other 17-year-olds.”
A Radical Departure from the Past
“For almost all of human history, almost everyone was a small-scale farmer. And then people were farmers and factory workers. Nobody gets very much fulfillment from either of those things,” says Jeffrey Arnett, a psychology professor at Clark University, who invented the phrase emerging adulthood…