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Of course lockdown has made things considerably worse, but I had similar concerns before then. I’m nearly 18 and I’m so worried because most people my age seem addicted to social media and no one connects in real life anymore. I’m quite a sensitive person and I really don’t enjoy small talk, but I can seem to find anyone willing to dig deeper than the surface level. I’m anxious about our eating habits too, our ability to actually speak English because so many people misspell things intentionally (I understand disorders exist like dyslexia and I completely respect that, but others do it out of laziness), and most people I’ve met don’t seem to take relationships seriously anymore, so I’ve already given up on the thought of marriage at this age. I don’t know, just food for thought.
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OH and tiktok, I resent that app with a passion and refuse to ever download it. Even my teachers have started taking them at sixth form and I’ve noticed their teaching is A LOT poorer.
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oh I was terrified of that even before I crossed 20yrs but after that it hit me harder at uni that ppl are still like that (tiktok aside) I do find it hard to connect with ppl organically that isnt via sports :lol:
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Of course lockdown has made things considerably worse, but I had similar concerns before then. I’m nearly 18 and I’m so worried because most people my age seem addicted to social media and no one connects in real life anymore. I’m quite a sensitive person and I really don’t enjoy small talk, but I can seem to find anyone willing to dig deeper than the surface level. I’m anxious about our eating habits too, our ability to actually speak English because so many people misspell things intentionally (I understand disorders exist like dyslexia and I completely respect that, but others do it out of laziness), and most people I’ve met don’t seem to take relationships seriously anymore, so I’ve already given up on the thought of marriage at this age. I don’t know, just food for thought.
Oh you have no idea, we are alread royally f*cked
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heres hoping for another asteroid!
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oh I was terrified of that even before I crossed 20yrs but after that it hit me harder at uni that ppl are still like that (tiktok aside) I do find it hard to connect with ppl organically that isnt via sports :lol:
Same I've not had a proper social life since I left Uni.
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Same I've not had a proper social life since I left Uni.
im still in 4th yr uni and still dont have a 'proper' one :rofl:
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Of course lockdown has made things considerably worse, but I had similar concerns before then. I’m nearly 18 and I’m so worried because most people my age seem addicted to social media and no one connects in real life anymore. I’m quite a sensitive person and I really don’t enjoy small talk, but I can seem to find anyone willing to dig deeper than the surface level. I’m anxious about our eating habits too, our ability to actually speak English because so many people misspell things intentionally (I understand disorders exist like dyslexia and I completely respect that, but others do it out of laziness), and most people I’ve met don’t seem to take relationships seriously anymore, so I’ve already given up on the thought of marriage at this age. I don’t know, just food for thought.
I hope you realise that this could come off off as very arrogant and condescending, if only due to the lack of context. However I'm gonna assume you posted this in good faith, and can certainly sympathise with some of your worries. I'm 17 too.

- Social media: Sure, on average it is used in a pretty vacuous way and has replaced a lot of real-life interaction. However, any two people who would have engaging conversation in real life would probably make the effort to text engagingly too if that was the primary alternative. People have some beautiful and deep discussions via text and, while less expressive maybe, this is a reasonable and satisfying way for already-interesting people to connect. You just need to find the right people online, and it can lead to a rewarding friendship that moves into real life if you get on well enough.
- I think you'll also find that just as many people are willing to dig below surface level conversationally and emotionally as have ever done. If you went back 15 or 20 years, you'd find people just as dull. Furthermore, if you were deal a bad hand socially back then, there would be even fewer opportunities to meet people who share your humour, interests and values. No TSR back then :-<
- Eating: Umm, what do you mean? Obviously the poorest are as reliant on junk food as ever and there has also been an increase in badly-done veganism (as opposed to healthy veganism, which is a thing) and fad diets, but on the whole people are far more nutritionally aware and take much more control of their diets. How this plays into body image is a whole different matter.
- Misspelling: Complaining about this makes you sound a bit like an 1850s schoolmaster, but I know what you mean. It can be frustrating when the people around you have a small (if functional) vocabulary, or use new words and conjunctions that you dislike or don't understand. However, language evolves. English is already one of the most expressive languages, and if we can use new kinds of syntax in addition to current English to better express ourselves, then that's for the best. Online discourse has spawned so many new ways of subtly conveying tone (and no I don't mean emojis), and we should perhaps be grateful for the trend towards linguistic evolution.
- Relationships: People are becoming more comfortable with having relationships on their own terms, and viewing the concepts of sexuality, monogamy and friendship with a more open mind. To an outsider that might look messy and unpleasant, but it actually means that relationships are becoming more satisfying for the people who take part. It would be unreasonable to expect everybody to meet their soulmate at 18, have a totally wholesome and traditional relationship, marry at 20 and spend the rest of their lives together with minimal issues. That's not how people work, and by actively trying to force themselves into that model with somebody incompatible, would do more harm than good.

Just food for thought. People have been decrying the degeneracy of the youth for millennia, quite literally. There was no golden age of young people, and on the whole we're probably much kinder, more knowledgeable and tolerant than even kids in the 70s.

I get just as annoyed about other young people and struggle to connect with many outside my group of good friends, but we shouldn't kid ourselves that everything has gone downhill apart from us.
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This generation has no shame in any thing it does, no matter how morally wrong or wicked it is. From bullying people to the point of suicide for a little laugh to advocating to kill all men/women, we are truly at loss if these are the children of the future.
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Society is fully Tinderised and computerised. We have a culture of instant gratification. If something is old, move on in a heartbeat - which has had many consequences, and not all for the better.

I'm 30 so old enough to remember "how it used to be" so I think I'm quite well equipped to fight a societal decline, but I do fear more for Gen Z.
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No- I take the opposite viewpoint.
There is also so much that is fantastic and inspirational about generations z & alpha.
Their diverse range of positive interests, hope for the future, altruistic enthusiasm for participating in positive grassroots volunteering to provide a lifeline to the most vulnerable of adults who mostly have access to little other viable source of assistance (often decades older than themselves).

Of course- society is far from perfect and there is almost certain to be a significant economic slump post pandemic.
Many high tech obsessed elements of popular culture are annoying, with a lot of potential to be abused for unpleasant purposes or have a disruptive influence on people's functionality in their daily lives.

I'm a 25 year old millennial, have never been into online gaming, owned a smartphone or used facebook/shapchat/whatsapp.
I am not keen on the apparent obsession of many under 40s with selfies, social media or online gaming sites.
Nor the fixation many under 30s have with issues connected to tinder, online dating, onlyfans or pornhub.
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No I think our generation is extremely powerful, we are way more accepting and I feel like we will subvert the stereotypical past norms e.g less marriages, more adoptions, accepting sexualities/ genders etc. Especially if we have kids then they will be less stressed out and will be able to talk to us a lot better + mental health awareness will be better I think. However, we are very anti-social & I extremely dislike the hookup culture now .... where’s the romance.
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Of course lockdown has made things considerably worse, but I had similar concerns before then. I’m nearly 18 and I’m so worried because most people my age seem addicted to social media and no one connects in real life anymore. I’m quite a sensitive person and I really don’t enjoy small talk, but I can seem to find anyone willing to dig deeper than the surface level. I’m anxious about our eating habits too, our ability to actually speak English because so many people misspell things intentionally (I understand disorders exist like dyslexia and I completely respect that, but others do it out of laziness), and most people I’ve met don’t seem to take relationships seriously anymore, so I’ve already given up on the thought of marriage at this age. I don’t know, just food for thought.
I'm 17, a lot of us are addicted. We no longer control ourselves now. Every site wants to know everything about us, social media makes that easier.
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Of course lockdown has made things considerably worse, but I had similar concerns before then. I’m nearly 18 and I’m so worried because most people my age seem addicted to social media and no one connects in real life anymore. I’m quite a sensitive person and I really don’t enjoy small talk, but I can seem to find anyone willing to dig deeper than the surface level. I’m anxious about our eating habits too, our ability to actually speak English because so many people misspell things intentionally (I understand disorders exist like dyslexia and I completely respect that, but others do it out of laziness), and most people I’ve met don’t seem to take relationships seriously anymore, so I’ve already given up on the thought of marriage at this age. I don’t know, just food for thought.
I'm 17, a lot of us are addicted. We no longer control ourselves now. Every site wants to know everything about us, social media makes that easier.
I hate social media and its prevalence. I only have a Reddit account to ask questions, because asking questions ****ing requires social media. I'm here for no good reason too.
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most people my age seem addicted to social media and no one connects in real life anymore.
oof say it louder for the people in the back! nothing beats a real, face to face connection :yep:

i wouldn't say i'm toooo concerned about our generation because it will take years to unlearn everything the generations before us taught us, but definitely we have our flaws, like every generation has.
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Of course lockdown has made things considerably worse, but I had similar concerns before then. I’m nearly 18 and I’m so worried because most people my age seem addicted to social media and no one connects in real life anymore. I’m quite a sensitive person and I really don’t enjoy small talk, but I can seem to find anyone willing to dig deeper than the surface level.
I relate to all of that ^ :console:
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OH and tiktok, I resent that app with a passion and refuse to ever download it. Even my teachers have started taking them at sixth form and I’ve noticed their teaching is A LOT poorer.
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