The current crop of teenagers are doomed, they have become severely out of touch with the world. They’d rather talk to their “friends” (who they never met) through a headset, playing some online roleplaying game on their computers, than going outside and interact with them. It is a bit rich coming from me though, typing this up at 4am but back in the day when I was their age, I played football on the streets with my mates, we went to the pictures sometimes, we even went out for dinner with their family at short notice. All that now seems to be confined the past and today, teenagers almost shit themselves when someone literally talks to them. They cannot exercise their statutory rights and exchange a packet of crisps because they happened to pick up the wrong flavour, bit of a tame example but they are scared of grabbing the bull by the horns, a tamed bull.
There could be a factor of things as to why the teenagers of the 2010s are socially inept, compared to us lot from the previous decade. Technology could be one; everything is so much advanced and like everyone, it heavily relies on the internet to function and are prone to being exploited. It was around 15 years ago when broadband was phasing out dial-up, where simultaneously browsing the web and using the phone was seen as witchcraft. Now, in the age of WiFi and fibre optics, dial-up might as well be reintroduced because no one uses their landline anymore. Call me a dinosaur but we have become too connected, we don’t need to go leave the house to pop to the shops for a pint of milk. We did have our game consoles back then and a shitload of games but we knew our limits, we didn’t become obsessed like they are now.
Another reason could be that we have become a people brainwashed by sensationalism, we should be scared and that has weakened us. The kids are too dependent now and rely on someone to set things out for them instead of using their intuition, we have now lost our sense of community. There was an old lady who lived down our road and she invited us into her house, we watched Fort Boyard and played this ball game in the garden where we had to guess who hid it. We can’t do that today because kids are ordered not to go outside, in case Ian Huntley lives next door and invites them in for cake. With all this aforementioned tech, it has made these people hate fresh air and physical activity so scaremongering may not be to blame. The government rally on about life expectancy increasing and straining the NHS, these lot will be dead by 30, either via morbid obesity or severe malnutrition.
We are living longer partly because the chemicals in our food have been illegalised and been replaced by healthier and natural alternatives, it’s been 10 years now and they haven’t found an alternative for the red shoe dye in the bacon Pot Noodles, which was giving us all cancer. Smoking’s now banned inside public places, tobacco advertising was forbidden around 10 years ago too and the age limit was increased from 16 to 18 back in 2007. So what are the kids turning to now? Electronic cigarettes. Even by those who’ve never smoked a proper fag before, e-cigs are only gonna lead to harder stuff for them. The whole point of them was to draw people away from smoking altogether by reducing their nicotine intake without going cold turkey and suffering withdrawal symptoms, not to do the exact opposite and act as a step up to tobacco consumption.
Having two brothers myself and being of different “generations”, I have been able to witness this decline in sociability — not to mention going back to college and being surrounded by 16-18 year olds. I’m the oldest out of the lot and my next brother is like 14 or 15, with the youngest being 7 years old. The young one is a borderline spacker, he came round for Christmas to stay with dad for whilst I stayed with mum and the younger brother. My dad is just as bad, when I came back a week later, my dirty washing and pots were still untouched as either of them neither; have the common sense gene or have the courtesy to do some housework, even if one of those jobs takes 2 minutes max. I would go with the former, to be politically correct, as I came back to tooth marks dug into my remote control. They didn’t even bother washing the pots they used in that week and expected me to do it.
The 14-15 one, Will, there is something mentally wrong with him but both parents deny it. When he gets away from his house life for a week, he still insists on going on his laptop and playing Habbo Hotel or World of Warcraft. He is a fucking gobshite and turns into a cocky prick when you point out his shitty way of life to him, I will list why he is a terrible at being a human being:- He’s incredibly skinny and only eats when you tell him to. He has very bad eczema but stays in bed until 3pm and never leaves his stuffy, humid and smelly room. He only drinks bottled water because he doesn’t like any other liquid despite not trying anything else. He doesn’t know when he’s dirty and smelly so he never showers, unless you tell him and still he’s reluctant to get clean. He “gets his kicks” off pictures of an anthropomorphised transsexual slug inserting its abnormally massive dick inside the dick of another tranny slug. He still wore nappies and drank milk out of a baby’s bottle until he was like 7.
He gets so immersed in those games, he would die unless someone tells him to do normal human things like eat and shit. Dad just reinforces his lacklustre behaviour, himself gorping in front of his screen on those Flash games with the annoying sound effects, the same person who made me play Crash Bandicoot 3 with the sound down because he didn’t like the music. His idea of a day out is going Tesco to buy slices of ham whereas with my mum, we all went out on one of those family adventure attraction thingies in the middle of the countryside. With the 7 year old, I just hope he can be taught well and be put off Will’s no-lifestyle. The younger generation can learn and what’s happening now will just be a blip.
To the point in hand because my dad doesn’t like it when I talk squat about him, teens today are boring droves with no personality. They are uncultured and losing touch with their own national identity, obsessed with Japanese cartoons they can’t understand and influenced by the American internet culture which is set out by people of a similar stature on the other side of the Atlantic. It’s what wannabe westerners from Turkey and Indonesia, who see those Yanks as the epitome of what’s cool in the western world. Brits don’t need to do it because we are westerners and unlike Americans, we have our own culture(s) and heritage(s).
I’ve heard British teens recently say ‘zee’ for the letter Z, ‘groceries’ for shopping, ‘cafeteria’ instead of canteen, ‘season’ for a group of six episodes of a TV programme. They also think the American Office is the original one and have never seen the original British series, although granted, Ricky Gervais has become an insufferable prick after the success of it inflated his ego ten thousand-fold — I haven’t seen the British series (nor the American one) either and it’s that what’s put me off. There are some Americanisms which have slipped into the British vernacular in general though, I do use a few of these myself.