Tin minte ca imi zicea si mama ca asa se spunea si de ei. Ca vor ajunge vai si amar de capul lor, ca-s ratati, ca-s obraznici. Si astia erau niste speriati de bombele comuniste, care au avut noroc sa prinda mai multi ani de viata dupa 89′ decat inainte de momentul ala.
Dar ma observ si pe mine avand reactii de batran timpuriu. Atunci cand zic ca astia, generatia tanara (13-18 ani), sunt praf. Si-apoi imi amintesc ca aveam si eu pe clasa a 8-a cel putin doua colege care faceau sex. Si pe clasa a 8-a ai 13 ani, ba. Da, corect, astia au etnobotanice, iar noi aveam Tanita. Si probabil ca multi dintre pustii de 15 ani nu mai fac atata sport cat faceam noi. Dar eu ieseam in spatele blocului si alergam la miuta, ascunselea cu mingea sau fara, la jocuri de alea stupide. Erau 20 de masini in toata zona. Acum, in spatele blocurilor sunt parcari. Peste tot parcari, pline cu masini. Terenurile de la scoli nu mai sunt libere, gratuite, cum erau pe vremea mea, acum au pus gazon sintetic si se plateste. Ai unde sa faci sport, dar poate nu la fel ca in copilaria noastra. Plus ca nu stim exact cata miscare fac juniorii, ca nu stam cu ochii pe ei mereu.
Si intre un copil de 14 ani care stie sa codeze si eu la aceeasi varsta, micul programator castiga, ca pe mine nu ma ajuta cu nimic ca eram bun la fotbal, tub cu cornete sau geografie. Si uitati-va putin la Selly, vloggerul de 13 ani. Daca asta reprezinta generatia ratata, apai noi am fost niste emokizi tampitei.
Dar un raspuns mai avizat vine din partea unui profesor de la Harvard, specialist in psihologia umana:
The most tempting and common answer is the thoughtless one: “The kids today are worse.” It’s tempting because people often confuse changes in themselves with changes in the times, and changes in the times with moral and intellectual decline. This is a well-documented psychological phenomenon. Every generation thinks that the younger generation is dissolute, lazy, ignorant, and illiterate. There is a paper trail of professors complaining about the declining quality of their students that goes back at least 100 years. All this means that your question is one that people should think twice before answering. I know a lot more now than I did when I was a student, and thanks to the curse of knowledge, I may not realize that I have acquired most of it during the decades that have elapsed since I was a student. So it’s tempting to look at students and think, “What a bunch of inarticulate ignoramuses! It was better when I was at that age, a time when I and other teenagers spoke in fluent paragraphs, and we effortlessly held forth on the foundations of Western civilization.” Yeah, right.
Here is a famous experiment. A 3-year-old comes into the lab. You give him a box of M&Ms. He opens up the box and instead of finding candy he finds a tangle of ribbons. He is surprised, and now you say to him, “OK, now your friend Jason is going to come into the room. What will Jason think is in the box?” The child says, “ribbons,” even though Jason could have no way of knowing that. And, if you ask the child, “Before you opened the box, what did you think was in it?” They say, “ribbons.” That is, they backdate their own knowledge. Now we laugh at the 3-year-old, but we do the same thing. We backdate our own knowledge and sophistication, so we always think that the kids today are more slovenly than we were at that age (de aici).
O sa lasam gargara si comparatiile atunci cand o sa realizam ca sunt vremuri complet diferite.