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    Crisis of Development in Generation Z

    We currently live in the most rapidly-changing and radically different age of humanity. The advent of internet technology has greatly increased our access to information and created a vast interconnectedness across the entire world.

    However, this technology is relatively young compared to the evolutionary development of the human species. We are simply not equipped to handle the complexities of modern consumer electronics, and this is where it becomes problematic.

    Generation Z has been born into this world of rapid change. We've been exposed to these technologies for all of our life, and this has resulted in a profound capacity for these technologies to affect our personal, psychological, and biological development.

    For example. Porn. The average internet-user of this generation has seen more naked women than Ghengis Khan and the next few dozen of his ancestors. This is not natural. Porn use has become a significant problem in many men's (and women's) lives. It seems that every kid has an iPhone or internet-capable device these days. Any curious child can have access to porn, and this is where they learn what sex is. However, porn is purely based on lust, and is dependent on unrealistic images, unrealistic portrayals of sexual performance, and the reducing of women (and men) to sexual objects. In addition, the male mind is succeptible to compulsive porn addiction, and starting from an early age is only dangerous to male development. This may even explain why men today are out-performed by women in public school. For scientific studies on porn use, look at yourbrainonporn.com

    Another example. Social media. Things like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have given us a false sense of community and intimacy, which many youth today mistake for the real thing. We've grown up comparing ourselves to the highlight reels of other's lives, which feeds discontent based on unrealistic standards. This is also emphasized by the access to photoshopped images of men and women, setting unrealistic body standards (which aren't imposed by a patriarchy as some claim, but rather by our own natural instinct to compare and try to fit into the rest of the community).

    In addition, our community has expanded to the global scale. Culture is able to spread via the internet, resulting in a slow process of cultural-homogenization. Therefore, for example, as time progresses, culture between the East and West coast may become increasingly similar due to the easy transference of culture between great distances. Geography is no longer entirely relevant in culture.

    Finally, I feel as if we are entering an "age of misinformation." For thousands of years, only the educated were literate and could share ideas within a scholarly community. Now, however, the scholarly community has become democratized. Those of the lowest intelligence share an equal voice with those of the highest. This gives way to populist ideas, sensationalism, and just plain ignorance, as many are now able to confirm their biases with others that share their beliefs, and simply ignore other sources of conflicting information.

    These are all significant issues. Since we are the first generation to deal with this, how we react to these issues will set the trend for the future of humanity. What must be done? How can we make sure that we don't let this technology ruin us as a society?
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    It will be interesting to watch the generation who does not know life-without-internet grow up and shape the world. While I share some of your concerns, I'm also not sure that all of your points are necessarily detrimental to society. Particularly regarding equal voice on the internet. I get what you're saying about new levels of sensationalism, but it also distributes power in ways we've never seen before. There are many intelligent people who never would have had a platform to speak in the past, and people are able to connect and share ideas with those never previously accessible. This can impact global knowledge in an extreme way. Besides, with the intentions and information shared by authority (growing increasingly) questionable anyway, I'd have to say that this is a "win" for people at large. Sure we have to sift through lots of crap media content, I don't like that either, but at least good stuff is out there. It is too bad that what is considered mainstream is seemingly becoming worse all the time. It's also unfortunate how commercial entities are exploiting the gains associated with social media for mega profit. Many of which endeavors may eventually equate to fluff dollars anyway. Sites will become more difficult to navigate as more take the Facebook approach of showing you what is "most popular", and likely most vapid or most sponsored, leaving it more difficult for users to find their desired content. The manipulation of social media is creating this bizarre environment where credibility is probably more difficult to decipher than it ever has been. It can feel like navigating the wild west sometimes. Which way do we go, who has the best, most honest information? We must use our best judgment and even that is difficult to attempt via all these filters. So, how will this affect the development of those growing up in such a confusing environment? That, I suppose, is up to us. Our willpower and our desire to see through this big bubble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lukebtc View Post
    For example.
    Jeez use commas

    Quote Originally Posted by lukebtc View Post
    Porn. The average internet-user of this generation has seen more naked women than Ghengis Khan and the next few dozen of his ancestors. This is not natural. Porn use has become a significant problem in many men's (and women's) lives. It seems that every kid has an iPhone or internet-capable device these days. Any curious child can have access to porn, and this is where they learn what sex is.
    Youre talking about how 30 year old technology affects a current "generation" and comparing it to people who lived 700+ years ago, just how are the two connected? The general idea that youre describing has been going on since the invention of printing so no, kids today arent the first to be cast into this "rapid change" brought on by complexities of modern life or whatever.

    Quote Originally Posted by lukebtc View Post
    ... This may even explain why men today are out-performed by women in public school. For scientific studies on porn use, look at yourbrainonporn.com
    School tests your ability to remember a thing or learn a basic logical skill. Obvi if you put in ridiculous amounts of work youre going to get good grades. The connection is far fetched

    Quote Originally Posted by lukebtc View Post
    Another example. Social media. Things like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have given us a false sense of community and intimacy, which many youth today mistake for the real thing.
    "many youth" just how many is many? No connection to any country, any amount, nothing specific just a vague blob of "many". Doesnt hurt to use words that actually describe something

    Quote Originally Posted by lukebtc View Post
    We've grown up comparing ourselves to the highlight reels of other's lives, which feeds discontent based on unrealistic standards.
    Are you by any chance in high school because this sounds a lot like a high school essay, I feel bad for the teachers really.

    Quote Originally Posted by lukebtc View Post
    These are all significant issues. Since we are the first generation to deal with this, how we react to these issues will set the trend for the future of humanity. What must be done? How can we make sure that we don't let this technology ruin us as a society?
    As I said we arent the first "generation" to deal with what is imo a non problem.

    The narrative after the first world war was that that "generation" was pretty much dead, nothing worse could come, this could not happen again. But things did got better and then arguably worse, and now were here. My point is that you shouldnt overestimate something because it seems like it affects a lot of people. Lots of variables, lots of things that could happen, chill
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    @Skeletalz

    You're talking about how 30 year old technology affects a current "generation" and comparing it to people who lived 700+ years ago, just how are the two connected?
    We just aren't equipped to deal with the problems porn presents, and then we brush it under the rug. I think it's very clear how different this issue is when you research it.

    Jeez use commas
    this sounds a lot like a high school essay, I feel bad for the teachers really.
    ...

    Well I have to apologize for the quality of this post, and how it might seem like a "high school essay." I'm not in high school, but I'm not looking for critical feedback on the conventions of my post either. It's very low-effort, and I was more interested in discussion among like-minded people rather than trying to persuade others that these things are prevalent in our society and affecting our generation. Most of my post was just summary on this end, not an argument like you are pressing now. To put together the amount of content that a post covering this much requires means hours of citing research and writing.

    My point is that you shouldnt overestimate something because it seems like it affects a lot of people. Lots of variables, lots of things that could happen, chill
    Good point.

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    I think we're giving too much power to technology and we see that as if it was our god.
    I don't know how it will happen or why, but I think art will save the world (again) and make us open our eyes about the real world that is about people and feelings, not things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lukebtc View Post
    We currently live in the most rapidly-changing and radically different age of humanity.
    I think this is completely false. From my perspective you are making a mountain out of a molehill.

    1860s to 1960s was the most rapidly-changing century of human history (specifically in America). Someone who was born in 1890s in the west would essentially be living in wild west (1860s). By the 1920s, especially if they moved into a city, they would have went from outhouses and horses to indoor plumbing and cars; a/c, electricity and airplanes too. By about 1950 our modern lifestyle was created. Watch Happy Days, set in the 50s, or That 70s Show; a person from 2016 would be relatively fine in those time periods (as long as they are white). The last 8 years or so have arguably been the absolute slowest period of change.

    To answer your question, do research, get information from al types of sources and places. Always question your beliefs. Understand what you are trying to do. Keep your information grounded in the real world instead of abstract theory. Basically mature, which is something every human has always had to from the beginning of history. Remember the human brain doesn't reach maturity until roughly the mid 20s. Lastly every single point you made is what people have been saying since roughly the late 90s after the Internet became mainstream.


     

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