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What the hell is wrong with kids these days?

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    Still chortling at the fact this thread was started by a 16yr old!

    what are the chances OP will grow up to be a Daily Mail journalist?
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    (Original post by scriggy)
    I see what you're saying, but my point was that the trend towards everyone having mobile phones and being connected to the internet 24/7 happened as I went through high school. And this isn't just some little nifty technological advance like "OMG you have CD's now when I was your age we only had vinyls," we're talking about a massive social/cultural shift to be fair.

    As a 20 year old, I was part of the last generation to not be connected to the internet during childhood. Do you not reckon that that is a massive thing?

    (Maybe I'm overblowing it a little, but it does blow my mind sometimes )
    TOTES AGREE M8.

    It blows my mind that we didn't have the internet as a kid...like I was 14 before I found out what it's no 1 use was....TSR.
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    Yes. Im 14 so i suppose perhaps i am too young to comment but seriously- a year 7 has lost her virginity?
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    (Original post by mczakk)
    Still chortling at the fact this thread was started by a 16yr old!

    what are the chances OP will grow up to be a Daily Mail journalist?
    Next to none.
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    (Original post by Miracle Day)
    Next to none.
    Why not? you have the writing style and sense of the truly irrelevant already!
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    (Original post by mczakk)
    Why not? you have the writing style and sense of the truly irrelevant already!
    A Lawyer, Clinical Psychologist or a History Teacher


    P.S. I love how you stole someone's joke from earlier in this thread.
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    (Original post by Miracle Day)
    A Lawyer, Clinical Psychologist or a History Teacher
    lol, Why not, you have the writing style and the sense of the truly irrelevant already!


    (Original post by Miracle Day)
    P.S. I love how you stole someone's joke from earlier in this thread.
    i thought it was only suggested that you had got the idea from the thread from the Fail or some other right wing paper, but you have to excuse my poor memory, it's failing in my old age!
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    I apologise if this has already been posted but it still applies for the stupid comments in this thread. Yes, nostalgia is good and amazing but you were a terror as a child whether you like it or not.

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    I vaguely know this girl who is in year seven and has an iPod touch, a Blackberry, AND an iPad. Why does a year seven even need this? And then you get 8 year olds sat on street corners drinking RedBull to tide them by until they're 11 and can finally drink cider on the said street corner. Pretty sure that until I was 14 I climbed trees every weekend and had a nokia brick...
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    (Original post by redvinoandambien)
    I vaguely know this girl who is in year seven and has an iPod touch, a Blackberry, AND an iPad. Why does a year seven even need this? And then you get 8 year olds sat on street corners drinking RedBull to tide them by until they're 11 and can finally drink cider on the said street corner. Pretty sure that until I was 14 I climbed trees every weekend and had a nokia brick...
    Do kids/teens of today receive £50 weekly pocket money to keep their phones going or what? lol, always amazes me.

    I would have no use for it, apart from cracking jokes via texts... I'd soon realise that's a waste of money. Just use the house phone for making short calls to friends who live in walking distance.

    /mini-rant.
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    (Original post by noggins)
    Do kids/teens of today receive £50 weekly pocket money to keep their phones going or what? lol, always amazes me.

    I would have no use for it, apart from cracking jokes via texts... I'd soon realise that's a waste of money. Just use the house phone for making short calls to friends who live in walking distance.

    /mini-rant.
    Exactly. What amazes me is that their parents will buy them things like an iPad, when the child is obviously only going to use it to play games on...heard of a gameboy? Or are they not going any more?
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    I can't really stand kids anymore - what comes out of their mouths are just so foul, it's stuff I didn't know till I was 16 and they're like 11 years old :/
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    There are just so many factors as to why children are becoming so 'aware' that I wouldn't really know where to start.

    The internet: Not supervising access or having no parental controls set up. Allowing children to register with Facebook/Twitter etc.

    TV: The content of TV nowadays. Allowing children to watch whatever. Especially allowing children to have these in their bedrooms. Again, worse if there's no parental controls.

    Smartphones: Basically allows your child unrestricted access to the internet. No need for a child to have one until secondary school in my opinion.

    Videogames: Parents being unaware of game content and allowing children to play any certificate games.

    Magazines: Girls may read their mum's magazines, e.g. Love It, Cosmo. But even magazines geared towards young teens aren't exactly innocent these days.


    At the end of the day, you can wrap your children up in cotton wool but their peers will inevitably have been exposed to these things that are inappropriate to their age and will talk about them to seem cool. It was only a few years ago that things like this would never have been an issue (well, unless a kid stumbled across some porn mags or something!) and that's why the change is so noticeable.
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    Just to join in the general feeling of nostalgia, did anyone else grow up with the Disney films, like The Lion King Aladin and Hercules? And watch shows like The Simpsons and Robot wars? While I agree with those who have said that every "generation" probably feels this way, I feel a little sad (and oddly, somewhat priveliged) that modern kids won't experience this same magic.

    Do kids read anymore? Part of what I loved of my childhood was reading books by Anthony Horowitz, Philip Pullman, JK Rowling (of course!) Tanith Lee, Darren Shan, and plenty more. I hardly ever see children reading books now.

    And I remember when video games were about grand adventures and fun, like Jak and Daxter, Final Fantasy and Zelda. They weren't all shooters, charmless no matter how fancy and polished. And this was when multiplayer meant racing cars/playing beat-em-ups against friends sitting beside you, as opposed to shooting faceless strangers you would never see in person.
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    (Original post by Julii92)
    Just to join in the general feeling of nostalgia, did anyone else grow up with the Disney films, like The Lion King Aladin and Hercules? And watch shows like The Simpsons and Robot wars? While I agree with those who have said that every "generation" probably feels this way, I feel a little sad (and oddly, somewhat priveliged) that modern kids won't experience this same magic.
    Robot wars was awesome, I went to a couple of the live recordings - I remember one of them was the grand final of something and that little spinning RAF robot won. And Matilda destroyed a TV from the drop-zone .

    Anyway, for some reason I ended up talking about this over a midnight McDonalds - I blame Jamie Oliver, the kids today didn't get to really experience the Turkey twizzlers/dinosaurs - without those, children just can't actually have a proper childhood.
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    They are growing up more quickly and going through things that kids shouuldnt have to worry about/do but at the end of the day they still.act like kids
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    I wouldn't paint our generation as a shining example to be honest...
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    I'm almost 19, I only had a mobile phone when I was 11, only used the internet to email people, and was always playing outside when I was younger. Nowadays so much has changed. It's not just kids that have changed either, I think everything's changed due to technology. Nothing's private anymore and everyone seems to know your business. This is partly (but not mostly) due to social networking sites. It's just so easy to contact people - even to contact complete strangers. Tbh it's crazy.
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    They're little s***s. Although they were like that when I was at school too.
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    In't like when I were a lad and we all got sent down't pit

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