Originally Posted by teamroper60
You don't have to think I was generalizing. When I started my comments with "Generally speaking" it was a huge clue I was doing so. I was not laying blame on technology or anyone or anything either. Nor was I proclaiming your generation to be lazy. It was a general statement about how your generation is much different than prior generations. That said, my assessment is still accurate. In fact, I ran it by my 3 daughters who are all in their mid 20's and they agreed it was a good characterization of their generation, particularly where it concerned social relationships and the reliance on computers. "Nailed it" was the term used by one of them, while another bemoaned the trend for young men to think it appropriate to ask a young woman out via a message on facebook. Some of your own comments show just how accurate the description was well ("....your generalization is probably spot-on for a lot of youths." ; ".....my generation's attachment to their devices"). Are there exceptions to the generalization? Absolutely! My daughters would be exceptions (though many of their friends fit the description perfectly). You may be one as well for all I know but the fact you took it not only out of the context it was intended, but also as an attack, seems to indicate it must have hit pretty close to home for you.. Again however, it was not meant as an indictment.
I don't think it's far off. Technology has certainly become a major drain on our free time. I was obsessed with computers when I was a kid (VIC-20, C 64) and I was developing game software while I was still in H.S. I had an Atari 2600 that I played all the time with my friends. All that said, when it was nice out, I'd prefer to be outside playing football, stickball, baseball, street hockey. We didn't have air conditioning, so sitting in a hot house was not any fun. We had one television in the house so when dad came home from work, the Atari got shut down until he went to bed.
Today we all have air conditioning, kids have computers and gaming systems in game rooms or their bedrooms. They have smart phones, tablets, laptops so they can always be "connected". What's become lost is idle time and disconnected time, people never disconnect, not even adults. We had a party for my kids last week, everyone, including my 70 year old dad and uncle were constantly checking their smart phones. Go to a business meeting and everyone is fiddling with their phones during a meeting. It got so bad I banned smart phones from my meetings, it served two purposes, it kept them focused on the meeting and it kept the meetings short because some would get anxiety that they were detached from their phones.
People still find time to do things that are important to them, the difference is what the priority level is compared to past generations.