We know times are tough and jobs are scarce and college loans are a bitch. But times have been tough throughout recent history. Are we becoming too soft, entitled, spaced-out?
I love these grouchy posts. Looking forward to the post titled: "ARE BABY BOOMERS TOO SELF-INDULGENT TO RECOGNIZE POMPOUS CURMUDGEONS?"
EDIT: I'm kidding, of course ;)
No, they've actually had less "real world" experience than we did because (and I admit to being one) parents have been over-protective and sacred to let them run the streets from noon til dawn. Forget letting them ride a bicycle to a friend's house unsupervised when they were younger. Most have fewer bumps, scratches and bruised hearts than we did.
And laws don't make it any easier on them. In New Jersey it's nearly impossible for a teen to get a driver's license. I've seen the tests and MV is more concerned about kids knowing the consequences of breaking laws than what the actual laws are. They're forced to put stickers on their cars, identifying them (actually targeting them) as teens for police and pedophiles.
Teens are also competing with adults with MBAs for cashier's jobs and immigrants for hard labor jobs. Yeah, it's tough for them.
But yes... I do also know there are plenty of lazy, whiny good for nothing teens out there too. I happily took one of their jobs this summer:)
Perhaps a lot of people are too soft nowadays. There seems to be a sense of entitlement amongst some people, regardless of age. I'm not convinced age comes into it.