Under 21 year-olds: do you think it's harder being a young person today than it was 20 years ago?
I feel like theres more pressure on the younger generation to pick of the peices of the older generation today.
I think kids have it harder nowadays because now more than ever the decisions young people make affect the rest of their lives. It's scary that you can ruin your entire life at the age of 16
Now compared to 20 years ago? Yeah, I'd say we definitely have it harder. Let's face it, the 90's were (for the most part) pretty smooth sailing. Right now, we're trying to establish ourselves in the "real world" amidst all this social, economic...
...and political turmoil. College expenses have skyrocketed, the work force has shifted to where you see 30-year-olds with bachelor's degrees working at Taco Bell, taking the jobs that used to default to high school students. I'm not saying we're...
...not greedy, self-entitled brats looking high and low for a fix to feed our instant gratification addiction. But things are definitely not "just peachy." And in direct comparison to someone my age in 1993, I believe I've drawn the short stick.
Okay :) I'm done ranting :)
20 years ago, all we had to worry about was a president getting blow jobs.
Well 20 years ago we had a flourishing economy, and university was cheaper, so yes I'd say it's harder now.
I was just looking at the filters when I saw that 80% of people with a doctoral degree said yes. Who under the age of 21 has a doctoral degree?
Harder, no way. More stressful, definitely.
Technology is more advanced
Teachers expect us to utilize technology that not all of us have. I just spent literally 3 hours last night trying to splice 2 videos together for a German project, and it doesnt help that my phone literally has more processing power than my computer
Yup, they didn't have Miley Cyrus.
I think in some ways we are better off, like how advanced technology has gotten and how we have easier access to things. But when you're talking about college and loans and things like that, financially, we're screwed.
Nah we are spoiled so much we don't even realize that 30 years ago no one knew what a phone was.
Physically it is much easier, much less people live on farms and even the ones that do technology has taken some of the labor out. Socially it's harder because of access to embarrassing pictures on social media
Can other age groups see the results of this poll? I feel like they should be able to.
They should be able to see it, not vote on it.
I find it funny how most people are commenting that technology make or lives easier. I think it actually makes it harder. Your business is always allover the internet, even if you dont use social media, you do something....
...wrong, and suddenly all your friends are talking about it, in a place where the whole world can see it. I dont know if it is "harder" for young people today, but I think we are missing out on a lot....
....with our faces always pressed up against our phones and our tablets and computers, we're missing out on all the beauty around us. No generation has ever been this "connected" yet "disconnected" at the sametime.
I agree with you, this was the point I tried to make too.
"Technology" has always been around. It has only just become an integral part of life. Having said that, my iPhone doesn't make trying to get a degree, getting a job, and trying to have a family any easier.
It is easier in some areas, and harder in others. We just have different problems.
One word: college
One more word: economy.
We have technology
Yeah 90's kids lived in a great economy, we don't.
The standard of living has went up in the past 20 years. I would say it has gotten easier.
Harder? It's harder having Tablets cellphones computers? No way, sure there might be more pressure with school and jobs, but we have much better technology.
Definitely. There is a lot more pressure for this generation than before, especially with college. Technology is a major factor as well.
How can we accurately answer this? I don't know what it was like 20 years ago being my age. I mean sure we didn't have Obama making our future lives seem bleak, but other than that. I really don't know.
Besides the cost of college being 30 times more...
I don't really think it's fair for us to say we have it tougher since we weren't around in our parents' time. We don't really know. Certain things are probably tougher now, and other things were probably tougher back then.
We have it a bit tougher. I'm applying to college and it is so much more competitive and hard to get into a good school now than it was 20 years ago. We're trained to have a ton of extracurriculars and that we must get perfect grades just to keep up.
Yes we have these specialty programs in high schools. 14 year olds have to chose their major like it is college.
Absolutely not, parents aren't nearly as strict and kids aren't nearly as hard working.
I wouldn't say harder or easier, just busier...
Absolutely not. They didn't have great internet or smartphones back then.
Lol, no. Just different :)
Unrelated, but is anyone in the NFL (national forensic league) (speech/debate)?
Expectations are higher and we are judged constantly by everything we do.
I really think you're answering this without knowing how it was different, if at all, 20 years ago
What do you mean you are judged constantly by the things you do? Would you rather have me judge you by the things your friends do? And expectations should be high. If they aren't, you will be satisfied with the bottom, and that is never good.
Please..it's people like you that make kids stress out about everything. Try being a 17 year old in high school with a job, playing sports, going to school and so on. The amount of stress is insane and adults think we have it easy.
I'm 17. I go to a very rigorous high school. I play soccer year round, spend most of my weekends out of town, have practice every night, blah blah blah. The only thing I don't do is have a job, because I physically do not have time. Oh well, it's...
...really not as bad, especially comparatively, as you think.
I am 16. I am in all advanced classes. I am also on a cycling team. Tell me again why it's so hard for you.
College tuition is up, employment is down, and love is no longer respected and taken seriously. Yeah, we definitely have it easier.
I think there's something to be said about the expectations put on us, and the sense of hopelessness that we can't do much for the country and have to hope our elders fix it.
College costs are up, unemployment is up (especially among young people), and a college degree isn't as valuable as it used to be. Yeah, I'd say it's harder now than it was in the 90's.
No! Kids these days think they have it so hard, but they don't realize how lucky they are. Phones, internet, tv.. They forget that children were once used for dangerous manual labor.
Child labor...in the US...in the 90s?
20 years ago? 1993? We had color TV, maybe no smartphones or internet, but "dangerous manual labor"?
Remember it said 20 years ago.
Hello fellow all-caps four letter username user!
Yeah, 1993 was a rough year. Slavery, hard manual labor, the Depression, wars. How did you survive it?
Sorry guys, I totally misread the question.
yea, i think it's harder. getting into college is much more difficult now than it was a couple decades back, and the internet brings a lot of bad with its limitless good.
Yes and no...yes it is harder to find jobs and now all the illegals are taking them and also getting life paid for them. But no because they gave young adults more respect/responsibility than they do now.
Damn illegals, working the fields for $1/hour, taking all the good jobs
Obviously you've never lived in Cali.
I'm not sure us not being able to find jobs is due to illegal immigrants taking them all...
Not exactly sure how that's obvious, but regardless Florida has its fair share of illegals. More importantly, illegals in the US in general are not taking the jobs anyone in this country wants.
I have seen it far too many times when I was living back there. Where I lived it was very hard to find a job and now they can drive and even practice law without being a citizen, how is that a crappy job? Even truck driving is lucrative and not bad
I highly doubt any illegals are practicing law. Driving? Legitimate concern, but not a job. Trucking? Maybe, but I highly doubt it's having much of an effect on unemployment, and almost certain it's not much higher than 20 years ago.
You could make mistakes ten years ago and not have photos of it all over the Internet.
Seems like college is more expensive and we are all told that even after we go to college we may not get a job to pay off our student loans...
It is probably easier since we can carry the internet around in our pockets and use it to help with problems. It would be a lot harder to carry around a set of encyclopedias in your pocket.
1. Your name dude
2. Life is not about solving problems which can be answering using an encyclopedia
2. Yeah it is.
No, life is about love, and learning, and helping people, and some other hippie bull.
But encyclopedias have all of that.
Yeah I know my name doesn't fit but that is my username for everything
I like it. It's mysterious.
Encyclopedias have a short paragraph on it. You gotta experience it man! Go climb the sky man!
Dude I can't climb the sky unless I have a stack of encyclopedias to climb up there on!
Or some LSD
No not really. We think it is because we are a generation that believes we are entitled to everything.
I think you guys heard my opinion on this on SOHOA.
Good job on sohoa! :)
i second rlands. good job.
Thanks guys it means a lot to me.
Not at all. I do think it's wayyyy harder for parents though.
But we gotta keep up with Facebook, twitter, Instagram...it's crazy! All they gotta do is feed us, raise us, support us financially...
That's the exact problem. Parents have to keep their kids safe on Instagram and twitter and stuff. I think about this all the time, and I have no idea how I'm going to deal with my kids and social media!
Probably the same way my parents are doing it, actually. Limiting certain apps and Internet time, I guess.
That's interesting, my parents are very hands-off. I don't think I see it as as big of a problem as you do. as.
Do you have an Instagram? The amount of pictures I see of 12 year old kids that makes you think they're 17 or 18 is ridiculous. It's like they're growing up too fast, in a bad way.
I actually don't use any of those things I listed, except occasionally Facebook for certain things. Technically I have a twitter.
What do you mean by mature, as in physically? Or doing "mature" things? I assume the latter, and I agree to a degree...
Because of the Internet especially, children now are learning about things a lot earlier than they would have without it.
But it's also a matter of perspective to some degree, I was pretty sheltered so when I hear some 6 year old openly saying something about sex in front of their parents I'm surprised.
Your second comment is totally correct. And it's just the type of behavior that you'd expect from kids graduating from high school, not 6th graders. I don't know...it just gives me a bad feeling about where this is all going...
And that's true too. I never knew about half that stuff growing up. I'm still sheltered and relatively innocent (whatever that means), so to see these kids who know everything about everything shocks me.
So I think part of it comes down to our perspective. Perhaps these types of children were always around, and we're only particularly appalled because we were so different. Overall, I'm personally not too concerned about it.
I think it's the future of kids. And I don't like it. But who knows!
Also there will probably be, if it has not started already, a harsh reactionary movement in the near future to the...Internetization (TM 2013 CDFL INC.)...of kids, with tons of sheltering.
You think? I think people will embrace it a little too openly. Like they are now, but worse.
I have no idea what you just said...
People are going to embrace the fact that kids are using technology at earlier and earlier ages.
And I just confused you, bro. IT CAN BE DONE!
Embrace Internetization (TM)? That's what you meant.
Nah, it was the combination of loud music and LSD. Not you.
Here's my new, revised theory: things will be just as they are now, but magnified. Parents that would shelter will shelter, but to a higher degree due to increased risk. Parents who...
...do not will continue not to, with more profound effects.
Sure, that I can deal with. It makes sense too. We'll see...
And who does LSD on a Sunday night, yo?
I do Lots of Darn Schoolwork every night, yo.
It better make sense. I only do 2 things: make sense, and make cents. Lots of cents.
Damn. LDS. Same thing
LDS? I didn't know you were Mormon, kiddo.
Maybe I don't always make sense. But I always make cents. And I make thermite when you call me kiddo!
I'm still waiting for this thermite thing to materialize.
Yeah yeah, there was talk of next weekend. We have a hard deadline of mid November, so it will happen by then. Get your fire extinguisher ready.
Also my friend is pretty set on making an incendiary grenade (I talked him out of the highly toxic...
...and explosive thing he wanted to make) so that should be fun too.
As mug as I'm intrigued by this, please stay safe and if you think it's really dangerous, don't try it. Make sure you know exactly what you're doing, ok?
Lol thanks mom. It is funny I'm turning out to be the cautious one of us. Really, we will be fine. I wouldn't have let him go through with the toxic explosive crap or anything we aren't capable of doing safely.
Good. Just make sure you stay cautious. A couple minutes of thermite excitement isn't worth whatever carelessness will get you.
Stay safe :)
Thanks again mom. Can you change my diaper too? Lol. We'll be fine.
Comment from the future: CDFL and 4 others dead after playing with fire, not listening to rlands. They died horrible, burning to death over several painful minutes. Thanks, Obama.
See that scares me. It's the what-ifs that you don't expect :/
Chill! There hasn't been a what-if I didn't expect since '00.
Since the 100th US Open?
I know, I'm sorry for worrying so much. Be safe, end of conversation.
Since my brother. And it's fine, just as we shall be
In some senses yes, and in some no. Overall, I would say it's probably about the same.
Try paying for college.
Maybe a little? We're probably not the people to ask