I am 37 years old, will be 38 in November. I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s before there were cell phones, the internet, and all the newfound gadgets of today.
I remember there were 13 channels on tv, and growing up on a farm in the middle of nowhere, cable tv wasn’t an option. There were no movies on demand or Netflix. If we wanted to watch a movie we had to drive into town and rent it on VHS tape to watch on our VCR.
I remember using a cassette tape on my boombox to record music off of the radio.
We didn’t have video games (my brother eventually got a Nintendo, but it wasn’t new) to play with, we played outside. If it got dark, it was time to come inside.
We weren’t all that concerned with people trying to kidnap, molest, or kill us…the town wasn’t that big and everyone knew everyone else AND their business.
We had a rotary phone until I was in junior high, then we still had a wall mounted one with a cord. I think in high school we might have gotten a cordless, but even back then you really couldn’t go far from the house with it.
Growing up on a farm, we got snowed in at least once during the winter (the driveway was a quarter of a mile long and not level), yet we rarely ever had a snow day. And we definitely never got out of school for cold temperatures or high winds like they do now.
We had a bed time. If we got out of bed and we weren’t sick, we got in trouble.
Rarely did you ever hear of anyone being allergic to any foods. My mom cooked one meal, you are that or you didn’t eat. There were no stipulations on what we could bring in our lunches to school, and peanut butter was always welcome. No one even knew what gluten was.
We were told no a lot. Sometimes we may have wanted something outside of my family’s price range (I wanted a sports car when I got my license), but usually it was because my parents taught me that I needed to work for what I had instead if having it handed to me.
I was taught that hard work (even if it wasn’t your ideal job) could help you get further in life. You do a lot of jobs you don’t like to get the experience to get one you love.
Kids these days (finally got to the title, aren’t you proud?) have it too easy. I understand parents wanting to provide more for their child than they had growing up, but you should also consider the lessons you learned while doing so. You probably learned a lot by not being given every little thing you wanted and that is the lesson here folks.
Kids today (as well as the young adults just starting out) have this sense of entitlement that pisses me off. They all seem to want to have nice things. I think parents should moderate what they give their children. I’m not opposed to gifts, but if you have a spoiled, nasty child that already has too much, tell them no. Or make them earn it with a little hard work and determination. They will appreciate it more, trust me.
With social media, movies on demand, smart phones, tablets, and whatnot at their disposal, kids have lost the art of human interaction. It’s all about them and what they can get and what they can have for themselves. It’s no longer about what they deserve.
I understand that television and movies are more readily available, but that should not take the place of going outside to play once in a while. Childhood obesity is a major issue, and sitting inside watching tv or playing video games isn’t helping.
I work for a large retail company, we have a lot of young people working for us that are just there to get a paycheck. They don’t want to actually work. If and when they do show up, getting them to do something is like pulling teeth. They only want to work when they want to work (not when we need them to work), they don’t want to do certain aspects of their job, and they don’t give two shits about customer service. Without those customers, you don’t have a job, kid. Get it together.
Several of them seem to be under the impression that they can call in to work every weekend, because the job is going to put a damper on their social lives.
They want to be paid more per hour than they are worth, but not justify the pay scale by their lack of work. If I owned a company, I’d start everyone out at a set amount, then after your first review (90 days more than likely) I’d adjust your pay to what you are worth. Some people work harder than others and should be paid so.
If you don’t like your first job, which a lot of people do not, that should make you strive to work harder and get a degree in a field you love. A career (not just a job) you can excel in, do well and be able to afford those nice things you so covet. Although, in my case any way, you may find you think you want a lot of things, but you really find you don’t need or want them as badly as you thought. Sometimes the simpler things in life are the best.
So my advice to anyone in the 16-25 year old age range is this:
You are not entitled to anything but what you earn.
Quit being greedy and not expecting to work for it.
Put down your game controllers and cell phones and interact with real people.
Go outside once in a while, it will keep you from being lazy.
If, no when, you get a job, do it to the best of your ability. Your hard work will pay off in the end.
Your parents are required to be in charge of you for the first 18 years of your life, after that you are on your own. Step up and take some initiative to make your life what you want it to be.
Make plans ahead if time for fun things, calling off of work just because you want to have fun instead hurts the security of your paycheck.
Prioritize the things you want versus the things you need. You NEED food, shelter, clothing. You WANT a nice car, a game system, and entertainment.
Put your life in prospective before you think you are owed anything.