It’s easy and fashionable to take a swing at the younger generation, though. The press tells us they are all yobs, thieves, or worse. They scare you when they hang around in groups, wearing the infamous ‘hoodies’ so you can’t see their faces. They all carry knives or guns, don’t they?
Their spelling seems to be atrocious – all you see is text-speak, and for god’s sake, they don’t even capitalize anything!
Woe is us, what is to become of them. Well, I have some good news. They are pretty much the same as we were at that age, it’s just that growing up is more visible ‘these days’. With Facebook, Twitter and the like, you see the yob-ness right in your face, all the time.
But if you look a little deeper, nothing much has changed. One of my nephews works hard on his apprenticeship on the docks – one of his favorite pastimes is playing with his 2 little brothers, ages 5 and 3. Another studies and works hard, and is heavily into sports.
I was prompted to write today’s entry, because in reading the Independent newspaper this morning, I discovered a new site – omegle.com. In this site, you connect anonymously to a complete stranger, and just…chat. I love it! This morning, I chatted for 30 minutes or so to a young man of 15 in the UK, who not only goes to school, but has started his own company designing web sites, complete with e-commerce and their own bespoke CMS.
Kenton, using the same site, chatted to a 16 year old from Finland, who loves learning languages, and has been accepted to study and live for a year in South Korea. She then plans on becoming a social worker.
Can the future really be as dark as we are lead to believe if ‘youngsters’ like these are lighting the way? I think not.