Today’s generation of young adults are very different from the generation that I grew up in. I grew up when kids played outside, rode bikes, raced on the street, and wrestled to solve conflicts. My kids are growing up in a technology-driven generation.
My oldest son doesn’t know what it is to go outside and play throw up tackle, race barefoot on the street, or chase the ice-cream man. What he does know is computer apps, video games, and staying in the house when its hot. However, I must say I make him exercise, play throw up tackle, and get rough with his little brother from time to time. I believe that my role as a dad and a man is to teach my sons how to do things the right way and that everyone doesn’t win or get a medal.
The problem with technology is that it promotes a singular existence–my phone, my computer, my video game, my video game profile. Children are growing to the point where they only thinking about themselves, how good they look on game day, or how good their stats are for the game. This is what I call the curse of technology. The curse of technology is when people are not able to solve a problem, answer a question, tell time on an analog clock, or have a normal verbal conversation that doesn’t involve text messages or emojis. The curse of technology enables young adults to expect automatic feedback and to believe that they can’t be wrong. When these young adults are wrong they can’t handle being wrong and automatically go to a pouting, shutting down, or being disrespectful.
Here’s my solution to this generation. We must encourage young people to be men and women by teaching them values that will mold them into responsible adults who can navigate their personal lives and careers effectively.
So many of today’s youth must be dealt with differently than my generation because of their up bringing in the microwave generation. They must learn that you can’t have everything now. Leadership is in the position of authority because they’ve gone through life, education and career advancement. Life is a process. Learn how to respond to authority respectfully.
As a parent, this starts at home. I have a responsibility to impart values into my children. All parents have this charge. We must show and teach them that winning isn’t always going to be the end result. We lose from time to time. Life is filled with adversity. You must be able to face it and bounce back learning from your mistakes and correcting them immediately.
Being a rude person doesn’t make you look cool it makes you look like an idiot. Let losing make you a better person. Learn from your mistakes and keep getting better. Don’t be embarrassed to come and ask for help with anything you need because that will help you get better in life.
These are strictly my thoughts and opinions.