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Are young people today worse than ever?

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BenF

‘We live in a decaying age. Young people no longer respect their parents. They are rude and impatient. They frequently inhabit taverns and have no self-control.’

Does this sound familiar? Those who think it does may be surprised to find out that this comment is actually an inscription from an Ancient Egyptian tomb. However, replace the word ‘taverns’ with ‘bars’ and it may begin to sound all too familiar to today’s youth.

It seems that people manage to find a way to complain about the youth today from every possible angle. Whether in newspapers, television shows, or even general chit-chat – young people seem to be everyone’s favourite scapegoats.  People may claim that young people are getting rowdier, or have become ruder than the ‘good old days’, when they showed respect to their elders. The ‘good old days’ refer to people’s nostalgic memories of the past.

However, have there ever been any ‘good old days’ when it comes to young people? Could there be any truth to the claims that today’s young generation is the worst ever? Or are these complaints something which every young generation has had to simply deal with since Ancient Egypt?

I believe that there is probably some truth to the idea that young people are more impatient than they once were. Isn’t this obvious, though? We live in an extremely connected world with huge amounts of information right at our fingertips. Technology has enabled us to do things more quickly, so naturally, we expect things to be done more quickly. This doesn’t just apply to young people though, this applies to us all!

Nevertheless, people may still argue that young people are more arrogant and reckless than they once were. Whether this is because young people are unfairly portrayed in the media, or because they actually are getting worse, is up for discussion.

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What do you think about Ben's post? Do you think that young people today are worse than ever?! 

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Samayra 18 April, 2019 - 06:25

I would say that... Young people is always straight forward.... It's not a matter of "today" or "old days".... The young people are taught to say truth from their childhood... Nd when they step into teen age... They try to do something for truth and try to change the old stupid thoughts... At the same tym they try to speak and the old people call thek impudent or rude... That's why old aged people call young people "rude than ever" but the truth is.. At their young age they were the same...

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Loganjames 18 April, 2019 - 06:10

I don't think that young people of this generation is worse than ever. People always complain about their next generation. They always say that they impatient and rude. They don't show respect. I think the reason behind this is the development of technology through out change of time. Technology has changed our life and made it fast and comfortable. Because anyone can get any information in a click,people have become impatient. This applies for everyone in this decade. But only young people are used as scapegoat. So elderly people should change their mentality about their next generation. This change will help to build the confidence of the youth and we can build a better future.

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Azel 18 April, 2019 - 03:52

According to me, today's young people are not worse at all.They are more intelligent and open minded from adults.We are forgetting something important! It's a time of digital exploitation and youths are moving in these.So they are more innovative and they respect their superiors.But sometimes it depends on the family background.So parents should be aware of making their children's manners.

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Ovi 17 April, 2019 - 21:15

In my opinion, Today's young people are not the worst. I do not agree with this because my religious view does not support the thought that 'today's young people are the worst. Because once young people were engaged in too many bad practices which cannot not be pronounced or can be pronounced but that would cause your heart to feel very very sad. As for example: Young people killed each other to win something. sThe attitude was not a serious issue at all in their thinking rather it was normal for young. How much neglectful act they did! The thought written by me is according to my knowledge of my religion. After coming Holy Prophet in this world, Young people started to change towards right path because of Almighty's will. Not only young people rather the whole world.
So, Today's young people are not the worst than ever according to my v-----e-----r-----y little knowledge.

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Smm 17 April, 2019 - 12:19

I don't think that young people are worse than ever.Young people are straightforward.For this reason people think the young people are impudent.I think they are seeing it from different perspective.Because in old time,the young people was controlled by the old people.That's why that time they couldn't keep their point of view in front of everybody.They couldn't protest.They didn't have freedom.Now everything is changing.Young people are broad minded.They can raise their voice bravely. Some young people are rude,arrogant.But everyone isn't like them.So I can't agree with Ben's post.

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Felix 16 April, 2019 - 20:13

I don't think young people nowadays are the worst. They are becoming spontaneous day by day. Back in the past teenagers were not that independent. They had restriction for almost everything. But nowadays teenagers are pretty independent and they have freedom to experience many things and that's why they are learning how to lead a life.It's good to be independent but at the same time some teenagers doing it wrong. They are doing so many occurrence in the society. But there are very few of them who are doing this. Otherwise most of the teenagers are now conscious about their life and future. They are very developed technologically today. So, in my opinion not every teenager's or young people are worse nowadays.

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Lucifer 16 April, 2019 - 17:28

I dont think that todays young peoples are worse than ever. But unfortunately there are some young worse people in the society. It doesnt mean that all the young people of todays are worse. Because of them all of the people of our society are misunderstanding the youngers. The society thinks that the youngers are the worse. But thats not true. Actually, todays youth are a bit of egoistic not arrogant. And they are quite straightforward and communist. Because of having such qualities the youth are being considered the worse. But being straight-forward and communist or protestor isnt a bad thing at all. Elders thinks that young people of ancient times were more polite than modern youth. Because they didnt raised any objections or complaints against the wisers even on their wrong decisions. I think the ancient youth was chicken-livered. But todays youth is completely different from the old ones. Because they have the freedom and opportunity to talk and bring out their thoughts infront of everyone. But the ancient times young people hadnt the freedom to talk or protest or express their feelings. I think these are the differences between the young people of ancient times & the modern youth.

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Pheebs 16 April, 2019 - 15:28

Ok, in my opinion I want to say that today’s youth are not that worse than ever. Basically the teenage are supposed to be impatient and arrogant. But yes in comparison with the past today’s youth are more impatient and arrogant. It’s just technology made us so. As in the advanced world things are getting done in blink of eyes so undoubtedly we expect things to be done quickly. And this is true for the people of all ages . Again in the past teenage didn’t get enough opportunity to express themselves as they wanted to be. We are getting more opportunities and platforms. And the main thing is that we can protest against any crime more effectively than before. We are the future. We are not captive at all to take any kind of actions which are fair for the era. Whereas the past teenage used to tolerate those without saying anything. So I think today’s youth are not that worse than ever. At least they have sympathy and morality against any kinds of crimes no matter how arrogant and impatient they are. Thank you

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jonstark 16 April, 2019 - 14:56

Well.. I think that it's not only about generations of different times...I think it's about youth and teenage which matters most over here..

Nowadays teenagers are told to be more impaitent than before....But teenage has always been the times of impaitence...But in old time's,,the adults used to controll the teenagers a lot and teenagers had less opprtunities....They were also mistreated as they did not have awareness and platforms to protest....But today's teenagers are more carefull and has a lot of platforms and opprtunities to express their feelings freely....So I think...this Freedom is considered as arrogance and impaitence...This society would become a war place if the teenagers were worse than before....isn't it?? =_=

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Elina 16 April, 2019 - 10:31

I dont think so that young people's are worse than ever..
If we go back in past times that situation was different from now .. nowadays everyone is broadminded. They speak up straightly thats why most of the people thinks that they are impudent .. that's why the problem is creating.. I am not saying that every young people are right.. There are some true contumacious person's. Their family background is also a strong reason for their stubbornness ...
So the one part of youth's behaviour is also define their family background.. which is coming from oldies . Because youth learn from their family..

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Hans 2 September, 2018 - 23:09

People think younger people are getting worse because they are seeing it feom a different perspective as they get older

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Ken 3 December, 2015 - 04:02

I'm afraid no. It's nonesense to compare the youth nowadays with old good days. Our background is different from theirs. Interestingly enough, we people have been almost the same since Ancient Egypt!
But ass for technology, what I'm curious to know is that why parents living in Silicon Valley want their kids learn at schools w/ no technology. What's happening??

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gianggiang 25 August, 2016 - 14:56

I agree with your viewpoint :) Many adults think that teenagers are lazy and pay too much attention to TV, smartphone,...they often complain that " When I were younger, I was very studious and helped my parents a lot with their housework..they associate achievements with perspiration :)), in my opinion, I think that teenagers today more intelligent and active, they care about global issues and propose many great solutions. Statistics showed that 46% teenagers cherish an burning ambition to change the world while adults admitted that when they were younger, they weren't aware of that :)

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honey123 2 December, 2015 - 06:41

Everything is changing according to our environment and generation. Yes, Ben is right about almost everything he talked about. I think youths are more impatient than before because of the technological development around them but they are not worse as many people assume.

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iva10 19 August, 2015 - 13:59

Well Ben 's post is realy great.I don't know if young people are worse than before,but maybe they are.But if they are they can get a second chance to chance.

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Ericca 9 November, 2014 - 11:40

Young people today are more broad minded and accepting. As long as there is mutual understanding we are very polite. Infact we are less cynical and calculating, compared to some adults I've encountered. Claims that todays youth is reckless is just extreme amplification by the media. We are reckless but not to the extent that the world claims us to be.

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adorable1407 26 October, 2014 - 18:35

Ben post is really interesting and I considered described problem :) I think there aren't bad people. Some of them behave strange or rude , but it's always caused by something. Many of youths have to manage with difficult situations like ; their parents divorce ,violence in famil or financial problems . Of course we should help them if we can. :)

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smile12 22 October, 2014 - 08:23

I think that in our days exist two categories of youth. The first category are the polite and behaved youth who have a good education and manners. They know how to behave in society and respect the others.
The second category are the youth who don't appreciate anything. They are rude and impolite. They behave bad with others, maybe with their families or relatives.

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jasminemeer 19 October, 2014 - 10:42

I don't think that today's youth are worse .But this is true that they are continuously criticize by some people badly that makes them worse than ever.

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PestR 17 October, 2014 - 15:00

Hi all,
I don't think young people are bad, but they are busy. In old days the technology was not developed and young people were involved with day to day work with their families. So they were very close to their family members and had more opportunity to share their feelings with them. But with the development of the technology they became individual. So I think, to avoid young people getting worse, they need to be bounded in a stronger relationship with their family members.
Thanks for reading, Pest

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BenF 6 November, 2014 - 16:49

Hi Pest,
I think you make a really interesting point there! I think it raises an interesting question for this digital age.
Namely, should we use certain technologies less, so that we may create stronger relationships with our families? Or should we actually encourage our use of technology, and think of ways in which we can bring our families closer in the online world?

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PestR 7 November, 2014 - 14:08

Hi Ben,
Thanks for your reply. I think both options you have given can be put into action depending on the family. If parents are working in a distance like in another city or another country, social media such as skype, facebook will be really helpful to create stronger relationships. If not, in my opinion it's all about time management. It's OK if you stay online all the day. But you must find time at least even to get dinner with your family at a one table. And to go on a trip may be once in two months and spent two or three days together. Then automatically all your problems will be solved.
Regards, Pest

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Monisa 16 October, 2014 - 06:04

I would say that young people are portrayed in the media to be becoming worse, but in reality I don't think that the effect is very rapid amongst the youths.

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